Today, Congressman Gary Palmer (R-AL), a member of the Science, Space and Technology Subcommittee on Environment and the Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on the Interior, introduced H.R. 3880, the Stopping EPA Overreach Act of 2015. This bill would remove the ability of the EPA to regulate so-called "greenhouse gasses," an authority the EPA assumed after Massachusetts v. EPA, a controversial 5-4 Supreme Court decision which interpreted the Clean Air Act to allow regulations of common and necessary compounds that were not contemplated when the act was originally passed.
"The Stopping EPA Overreach Act of 2015 will reassert that Congress never intended that the EPA would regulate greenhouse gasses," Palmer said. "The EPA has repeatedly claimed fighting climate change as justification for crafting onerous regulations that limit carbon dioxide, water vapor, and other compounds that are both essentially harmless and in fact required for life to flourish. This is done using statutes Congress never contemplated could be read to regulate such common and essential substances. This bill reasserts Congress's authority by prohibiting the EPA from unilaterally continuing to cause severe economic damage by regulating greenhouse gases."
In addition to amending the Clean Air Act to clarify that that the term "air pollutant" does not include the greenhouse gasses listed in the bill, the bill also would clarify that nothing in the Federal Water Pollution Control Act, the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, the Endangered Species Act of 1973, or the Solid Waste Disposal Act authorizes or requires the regulation of climate change or global warming.
The bill also would require the EPA to provide an analysis of the impact on employment in the United States before proposing or finalizing any regulation, rule, or policy. It would also require any proposal that will have a negative impact on employment be approved by Congress and signed by the President.
The bill has 107 original co-sponsors.