House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) today released the following statement regarding an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Inspector General report critical of the agency's greenhouse gas findings scientific assessment process:
"The report released today by the Environmental Protection Agency Inspector General validates what the Oversight and Government Reform Committee and others have said about regulations pushed through the Obama EPA: they are done quickly, in a sloppy fashion that seems more intent on forced outcomes than on following the fair and open rulemaking process established by Congress and without consideration for their job-killing implications.
"In tough economic times, every regulatory action has the potential of stifling economic growth and inhibiting job creation. That is especially true when it comes to far-reaching rules promulgated by the EPA governing nearly every aspect of our economy.
"No one questions that the EPA has a key role in ensuring clean air, clean water and protecting our natural resources. But that effort should not be undertaken in haste, without rigorous adherence to the peer review and rulemaking process, including a thorough cost benefit analysis.
"This report raises serious questions that our Committee and staff will further review."