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Senate Hearing Examines Possible EPA Regulation of Greenhouse Gas Emissions

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Washington, D.C., September 23, 2008— The U.S. Senate on Tuesday is slated to hear testimony on possible regulation of greenhouse gas emissions, part of the aftermath of the Supreme Court’s April 2007 ruling in Massachusetts v EPA.

“I believe we would not be here today if the Justices of the Supreme Court had known back in April 2007, when they decided Massachusetts v EPA, what has since become painfully clear: The Clean Air Act is a flawed, unsuitable, and potentially destructive instrument for reducing greenhouse gas emissions,” said Marlo Lewis, CEI Senior Fellow, in testimony submitted to the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works.

“It is inconceivable that those who drafted and enacted the Clean Air Act intended for it to undermine the economy and jeopardize environmental enforcement,” Lewis continued. “Yet economic devastation and administrative paralysis are real risks if EPA attempts to pound the square peg of climate policy into the round hole of the Clean Air Act.”

In Massachusetts v. EPA, the court ruled, in a 5-4 decision, that the Clean Air Act gives EPA the authority to regulate tailpipe emissions of greenhouse gases and ordered the agency to articulate a reasonable basis for not doing so.

View info on the Environment and Public Works Committee hearing.

Read the full written testimony.

Read more on Massachusetts v. EPA.

About Marlo Lewis.

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