Today, U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R-La.), top Republican on the Environment and Public Works Committee, made the following statement regarding the Supreme Court's decision to review the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) determination that regulating greenhouse gas emissions from new cars also triggered Clean Air Act permitting requirements for thousands of stationary sources ranging from power plants, to manufacturing facilities, to small businesses that emit greenhouse gases. EPA's flawed judgment prompted the Agency to unilaterally change statutory requirements so as to alleviate the barrage of permitting it would trigger.
"It's a very positive development that the Supreme Court will consider whether the EPA can use its greenhouse gas emissions regulations on cars to overregulate power plants," said Vitter. "The EPA's regulatory power grab has expanded drastically in recent years, and I'm calling on the agency to halt further greenhouse gas rulemaking pending the Supreme Court's decision."