Congressman David B. McKinley, P.E. (WV-01), the ranking member for House Energy and Commerce Committee's Subcommittee on Environment, released the following statement regarding the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on West Virginia et al. v. Environmental Protection Agency. This case challenged the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) regulatory overreach in placing unreasonable requirements on powerplants.
"West Virginians know better than most the cost of EPA overreach, and I am proud that West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey led the effort, on behalf of over 20 states, in the U.S. Supreme Court to protect our state's energy workers against the unelected bureaucrats who continue to wage war on American energy production," said Rep. McKinley.
"The war Russia has instigated in Ukraine has made it clear that energy security is national security. Yet, the Biden administration has continued to restrict American energy producers and expand roadblocks for domestic energy production. We need to be focused on expanding energy production in America so we can regain our energy independence and lower prices at home and at the pump. The Supreme Court made the right decision to restrict the executive branch's regulatory overreach and restore the authority of Congress, which better reflects the interests of the American public."
"Today's ruling is a major win for America's energy future and I am proud that West Virginia led the charge to restore the balance of power and prevent government overreach."
In December, 2021 Rep. McKinley joined 43 House members and 49 Senators on an amicus curiae brief supporting the petitioners, namely, the State of West Virginia.