This week further information has been leaked about President Obama and his Council on Environmental Quality's plans to instruct each federal agency to consider "global climate change" before approving major federal projects. Congressman Rob Bishop (UT-01), Chairman of the Public Lands and Environmental Regulation Subcommittee, which oversees the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), stated his opposition to the Administration's proposal to consider global climate change as part of the NEPA process.
"I am opposed to this onerous and redundant expansion of existing NEPA requirements," said Bishop. "Cap and Trade was an abysmal failure and received overwhelming opposition across the country. Despite this fact, the President decided that he knows better than the American people and will implement these failed policies anyway. Doing this by executive fiat is the wrong approach. This type of governance has proved throughout history to be a failure."
The National Environmental Policy Act, established in 1970, is a process law that serves as the primary mechanism by which environmental impacts are considered in the federal decision-making process. Before any federal project may be undertaken, such as the building of new infrastructure or development of natural resources, a thorough NEPA analysis must be conducted to account for environmental impacts.
"We all want to ensure that we are responsible stewards of the gifts and resources with which our country is blessed. However, this latest mandate is simply the wrong tack. It will have devastating consequences on our country and will handicap manufacturing, resource development, national defense, construction, and transportation industries--just to name a few," Bishop added.
Following the establishment of NEPA in 1970, Congress took even further steps to develop policies that would actually regulate several aspects of our nation's environmental health. One of these policies is the Clean Air Act- established in 1970 and amended in 1977 and 1990, which already manages our nation's air resources and emissions.
"When you talk to industries essential to our nation's economy, they'll tell you that unnecessary delays and costly litigation stemming from NEPA are already among their greatest burdens. This new idea of the President's is only going to make the review process longer and will likely impose even more litigation on our nation's job creators," Bishop concluded.
The following news story was published by Bloomberg.com on March 14, 2014 and provides insight on President Obama's plans to inform federal agencies that they must consider global climate change in their consideration of major federal projects.