Energy and Power Subcommittee will Hold Field Hearing to Examine Impacts of EPA Regulations on the State of Texas

March 21, 2011

WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power, chaired by Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-KY), will hold a field hearing in Houston, Texas, on Thursday, March 24, 2011, at 9:30 a.m. to discuss the impact of the Environmental Protection Agency's greenhouse gas and Clean Air Act regulations on Texas' economy, energy prices, and jobs.

The state of Texas plays a critical role in our national economy, producing roughly 9.5 percent of America's manufacturing output, a large share of the country's production of petroleum and coal products, and more than 10 percent of the nation's computer and electronics products and nonmetallic mineral products, such as brick, glass, and cement.

Thursday's hearing will examine the implementation by EPA of regulations under its greenhouse gas and other Clean Air Act rules in the state of Texas, and the potential effects of such regulations on economic growth, the energy sector and other sectors, and job creation in the state. 

"The uncertainty surrounding the EPA's plan to take over permitting at Texas facilities is putting major new projects (including pollution control projects) on hold, stalling the creation of thousands of associated new jobs, and creating substantial regulatory uncertainty for many facilities across the state that directly employ tens of thousands of workers," said committee Chairman Emeritus and subcommittee member Joe Barton (R-TX). "This affects every industry in Texas from manufacturing and energy generation to farming and chemical production. The regulations will also lead to higher product prices - prices that will undoubtedly be passed on to consumers."

"We must pursue policies that promote growth across all sectors of our economy while protecting the environment," said Chairman Whitfield. "I look forward to hearing from our witnesses who have experienced directly the heavy-handed regulatory agenda of this EPA and how it has impeded the ability of businesses to move forward with new projects, including new construction and expansions, grow jobs, and remain competitive in this global economy."
The hearing is open to the public and press.

Hearing Details
Thursday, March 24, 2011
9:30 a.m.
Garrett-Townes Auditorium
South Texas College of Law
1303 San Jacinto Street
Houston, Texas 77002

Witness List

Panel 1
The Honorable Greg Abbott
Attorney General
State of Texas

The Honorable Bryan W. Shaw
Texas Commission on Environmental Quality

The Honorable Todd Staples
Texas Department of Agriculture

Panel 2
Ms. Kathleen Harnett White
Director, Armstrong Center
Texas Public Policy Foundation

Mr. James Griffin
Plant Manager
Dianal America

Mr. James Marston
Environmental Defense Fund

Panel 3
The Honorable Gina McCarthy
Assistant Administrator
Office of Air and Radiation
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency