Today, Congressman Ted Poe (TX-02) released the following statement, reacting to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruling that the EPA violated the Clean Air Act in its Cross State Air Pollution Rule. The rule regulated emissions in 28 states. The Court held that the regulations overstepped the EPA's authority.
"I am pleased that the court agrees that the EPA has yet again overstepped its regulatory authority," said Poe. "Washington's bureaucratic one size fits all approach to clean air efforts does not work for the states. What's best for Idaho may not work for Texas.
"The EPA's consistent efforts to demonize states like Texas and strip them of their authority to regulate air quality have done nothing to improve the environment--what it has done is increase uncertainty, added burdensome costs and destroy jobs. Texas has simultaneously improved its environment and the economy all without the help of the federal government. Instead of making an example out of states like Texas, perhaps the EPA should look Texas as an example."