AUSTIN – Texas Public Policy Foundation’s Kathleen Hartnett White, Director of the Armstrong Center for Energy and Environment, takes on the Environmental Protection Agency in The National Review Online with a commentary titled, “The EPA as Energy Master.”

“The EPA is no longer acting under its responsibility to protect human health,” said White. “Instead, EPA is asserting unlawful authority to dictate our energy system, and to quash, the coal industry that last year provided 40 percent of the electricity consumed in this country.”

White continued, “The EPA itself admits that the new rule to mandate reduction of CO2 from power plants will not measurably reduce CO2, but is justified because it will further bold policy to eliminate fossil fuel based energy. Since the Industrial Revolution two hundred years ago fossil fuels have vastly improved the material conditions of human life.  In 1800, human life span was less than 30 years. Today, life expectancy in the U.S. is 78 years. Global income per capita has increased at least eleven-fold and for the U.S., perhaps eighteen fold. Fossil fuels exploded the supply of abundant, affordable energy and remain essential to prosperous economies and quality of life.”

The article can be read in its entirety here:


Kathleen Hartnett White is a Distinguished Senior Fellow-in-Residence and the Director for the Armstrong Center for Energy & the Environment.


The Texas Public Policy Foundation is a non-profit, free-market research institute based in Austin.


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