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Pollution vs. Energy: Lacking Proper Authority, EPA Can’t Get Carbon Message Straight



EPA Chief: “This is not about pollution control… It’s about… energy.”

EPA Deputy: “This is not an energy plan… The rule is a pollution control rule.”


EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy testified today before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee on EPA’s proposed carbon standards for existing power plants. Describing the goal of the proposed rule under Section 111 (d) of the Clean Air Act, McCarthy exclaimed:

“The great thing about this [111(d)] proposal is that it really is an investment opportunity. This is not about pollution control. It’s about increased efficiency at our plants, no matter where you want to invest. It’s about investments in renewables and clean energy.”

But in previous testimony last month before the House Energy and Power Subcommittee, one of McCarthy’s top deputies at EPA, Acting Assistant Administrator for Air and Radiation Janet McCabe had a much different description of the rule. She testified:

“Chairman Upton, this is not an energy plan. This is a rule done within the four corners of 111(d) that looks to the best system of emission reduction to reduce emission… The rule is a pollution control rule, as EPA has traditionally done under section 111(d).”

It seems the EPA still cannot get its story straight. One point is for certain, the EPA is asserting new regulatory and enforcement authority over the nation’s electricity sector. And the proposed rule will negatively impact jobs and affordable energy at a time when our economy can least afford it.




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