Scalise: EPA Proposal is Power Grab by Administration to pass Energy Tax
Congressman Steve Scalise (R-LA) today made the following statement after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the agency's proposal that would give them authority to regulate carbon dioxide and five other gases under the Clean Air Act.
"The EPA's proposal is a power grab orchestrated by radical environmentalists to help the President pass his reckless "cap and trade" energy tax that will raise energy and utility costs on every American family, and ship millions of American jobs overseas," Scalise said.
Congressman Scalise has co-sponsored legislation (H.R.391) that would clarify that EPA does not have the authority under the Clean Air Act to regulate Greenhouse gases, which they have never before had the authority to regulate. In 2007, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the EPA could regulate greenhouse gases if EPA determines that greenhouse gases contribute to climate change. EPA regulation of CO2 would constitute EPA's largest assertion of authority over the American economy.
Congressman Scalise is a member of the Energy and Environment Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee which has jurisdiction over national energy policy and The Clean Air Act.