Dear Mr. Speaker,
The undersigned organizations write to express our concerns about federal agency overreach, especially the Environmental Protection Agency’s campaign to de-carbonize the U.S. electric power sector and dictate national climate policy.
The Environmental Protection Agency’s climate-related regulations will have devastating consequences for the American economy, including higher energy prices and higher unemployment, while having almost no measurable impact on global greenhouse gas emissions. These regulations will be particularly harmful to lower income American families and those on fixed incomes, who spend a disproportionate amount of their earnings on energy.
One piece of legislation that addresses this overreach is the Stopping EPA Overreach Act, introduced by Representative Gary Palmer. H. R. 3880, which currently has 146 co-sponsors, would clarify that the Clean Air Act does not give the Environmental Protection Agency or any other federal agency the authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions. In doing so, it would nullify recent climate-related rulemaking such as the EPA’s New Source Performance Standards and Existing Source Performance Standards for greenhouse gas emissions from power plants.
Under the Constitution, it is the people’s elected representatives who are empowered to make law, but executive branch agencies are more and more often ignoring the will of Congress. H. R. 3880 would require that the EPA follow the clear intent of Congress when it passed the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990.
We encourage you to move out of committee and hold a floor vote on this important legislation. If enacted, H. R. 3880 would stop EPA’s job-killing regulations, help keep energy costs affordable, and help restore an accountable regulatory system.
Director, Center for Energy and Environment
Competitive Enterprise Institute
Founder and Principal
American Civil Rights Union
Thomas J. Pyle
American Energy Alliance
Gary L. Bauer
Americans for Limited Government
Vice President for Government Affairs
Americans for Prosperity
Association of Mature American Citizens
Campaign for Liberty
The Conservative Leadership PAC
E. Calvin Beisner
Founder and National Spokesman
Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation
Council for Citizens Against Government Waste
Energy and Environment Legal Institute
President and CEO
Frontiers of Freedom
Grassroot Hawaii, Inc.
The Heartland Institute
Institute for Liberty
The Jeffersonian Project
Steven J. Milloy
Director, Government Relations
Land Improvement Contractors of America
Maryland Taxpayers Association
Mississippi Center for Public Policy
National Center for Public Policy Research
Willes K. Lee
National Federation of Republican Assemblies
Science and Environmental Policy Project
Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council
Tea Party Nation
Taxpayers Protection Alliance
Texas Public Policy Foundation
C. Preston Noell, III
Tradition, Family, Property, Inc.
Kevin L. Kearns
U. S. Business and Industry Council
The Weyrich Lunch