Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 910, the Energy Tax Prevention Act of 2011. Congressman Huelskamp, who represents the First District of Kansas, co-sponsored the legislation. The bill would amend the Clean Air Act to prohibit the EPA from regulating greenhouse gases.
"In keeping with our commitment to reducing the overreach of the Environmental Protection Agency, the House passed legislation to curtail the agency's efforts to regulate greenhouse gases," Congressman Huelskamp said. "The EPA must be stopped from killing jobs, emptying Americans' pocketbooks, and straining our economy."
"Jobs are not created when regulatory burdens are high. The effect of this type of regulation by the EPA is predicted to cost each industrial facility $46,000 on average, and overall, 800,000 jobs are estimated to be lost each year. For American businesses already struggling to get by, that isn't chump change."
"Not only are the consequences of this EPA regulation dire for employers, but for American consumers also. Gasoline and home energy costs are already squeezing families' budgets; if the EPA is empowered to implement these regulations, they'll be hurt even more. Fueling cars and powering homes is not a luxury, it's a necessity. And Americans have already sacrificed enough during the recent recession."