A West Virginia federal judge granted summary judgment to Murray Energy Corporation in Murray Energy Corp. v. EPA, ruling that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) must evaluate the consequences of its air pollution regulations on jobs. The Texas Public Policy Foundation’s (TPPF) General Counsel Robert Henneke issued the following statement:
“With Murray Energy’s win today, the trial court recognized that the Environmental Protection Agency was wrong in its refusal to consider the economic consequences of its regulations,” said Henneke. “During the original debate over adoption of the Clean Air Act, none other than Ralph Nader recognized that ignoring the economic consequences of pollution laws ‘would be too narrow a policy and a cruel one.’ This is exactly what the EPA has done with its recent environmental regulatory regime. As a result, thousands of Americans have lost their jobs and been forced into poverty. EPA has clearly acted outside its statutory authority with this and other regulations being challenged.”
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The Honorable Robert Henneke is general counsel and director of the Center for the American Future at the Texas Public Policy Foundation. Before joining the Foundation, Robert served as the twice-elected Kerr County Attorney where he fought to protect the community through tough prosecution and brought conservative values to county government.
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