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Sanity Prevailing at EPA

Posted By Conn Carroll On March 13, 2008 @ 4:51 pm In Energy | Comments Disabled

For months now, Heritage has warned against any effort by the EPA to regulate carbon dioxide or other so-called greenhouse gas emissions on the grounds that they would lead to an extremely costly and burdensome [1] Pandora’s Box under the Clean Air Act.

Even though EPA’s action would at first deal only with motor vehicles any finding that carbon dioxide is a harmful pollutant would spark onerous constraints on perhaps a million or more businesses and farms that use energy or generate greenhouse gas emissions. The costs would be well in excess of any benefits.

Today these concerns were raised at a House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming. Peter Glaser, partner with the law firm of Troutman Sanders LLP laid out the concerns quite well [2].

But it was a pleasant surprise to see that EPA administrator Stephen Johnson also raised these concerns. Up til this point it was not clear whether EPA understood the economic ramifications of a regulatory crackdown on these emissions, but it appears they are well aware of the pitfalls [3].

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[1] extremely costly and burdensome: http://www.heritage.org/Research/EnergyandEnvironment/wm1822.cfm

[2] laid out the concerns quite well: http://globalwarming.house.gov/tools/assets/files/0427.pdf

[3] well aware of the pitfalls: http://globalwarming.house.gov/tools/assets/files/0425.pdf

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