WASHINGTON, DC – House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR), Energy Subcommittee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI), and Environment Subcommittee Chairman John Shimkus (R-IL), today issued the following statement after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced their proposal to repeal the Clean Power Plan.
“The committee has a long record of conducting oversight of EPA’s overreach under the Clean Air Act. Our work showcased how the Clean Power Plan stood on shaky legal ground and the Supreme Court agreed. The previous administration’s top-down approach out of the EPA exceeded the bounds of its statutory authority and placed an Agency with no track record of regulating the electric grid or states’ resource mix squarely in the driver’s seat on these issues,” said Walden, Upton, and Shimkus. “Moving forward, we need to craft policies that provide greater benefits to consumers while also protecting the environment. We believe these goals aren’t mutually exclusive, which is why, for example, we’ve launched our Powering America hearing series to take a comprehensive look at the role that properly functioning markets can play to spur innovation, promote the efficient use of energy, and encourage competition.”