Washington, DC – Today, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a formal endangerment finding on carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gasses, claiming that such gases endanger human health and welfare. Thomas J. Pyle, president of the market-based Institute for Energy Research (IER), issued the following statement regarding EPA’s action:
Cap-and-trade, carbon taxes and regulation — from the EPA or by Congress — will cost more American jobs and increase the price of energy across the board. No matter what the Administration says, this announcement, if fully implemented, would fundamentally change the American way of life.
Administrator Jackson’s statement this afternoon is part of a meticulously choreographed public relations plan collaborated with the White House in the run up to the United Nations energy rationing summit in Copenhagen.
It’s unfortunate that this Administration is more focused on pleasing international elites in Denmark, than putting forth and working towards commonsense energy solutions that will encourage domestic energy production which will create American jobs.
Today’s announcement, however – known as an ‘endangerment finding’ – will force as many as 6 million buildings — including hospitals, schools, factories, and churches — to comply with the Clean Air Act, which carries permitting costs of up to $125,000 each. This enormous federal burden will not only cripple small businesses, non-profits and places of worship, it will cost American jobs at a time we can afford it least.
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