Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Chamber Petitions EPA To Stop GHG Regulations

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has petitioned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to reconsider its finding that greenhouse gases "endanger" public health and welfare, a determination that set the stage for broad climate change regulations. The Center agrees with the Chamber that the best way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the atmosphere is with Congressional legislation and comprehensive international agreements. The Center also agrees with EPA in regulating GHGs in the absence of such legislation. President Obama and EPA also prefer Congressional legislation. Congress prefers legislation too but appears to be incapable of passing a bill.

Specifically, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is demanding that EPA reconsider its finding in light of new information that became available only after the close of the period for public comment. The chamber is also demanding a stay on the endangerment finding until the agency has acted on the petition for reconsideration. In our opinion, thanks to IPCC subjectivity and subterfuge, the chamber appears to have a strong case. On the other hand, we disagree with EPA's delays in implementing the regulations. Entrepreneurial opportunities are being denied by such delays. (petition, NYT, 3/16/10)

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