AUSTIN – The Texas Public Policy Foundation’s Distinguished Senior Fellow-in-Residence and Director of the Armstrong Center for Energy & the Environment Kathleen Hartnett White, Fueling Freedom Project Director Doug Domenech, and Armstrong Center for Energy & the Environment Policy Analyst Leigh Thompson issued the following statements on today’s U.S. House Science, Space, and Technology Committee hearing to examine the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) regulatory overreach:

“Over the last six years, the EPA has churned out regulation unprecedented in number, scope, stringency, costs but without credible benefits, scientific justification or statutory authority,” said White. “Only Congress can effectively restrain this agency gone rogue. We salute the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee’s past and present efforts to lift the veil on EPA’s damaging agenda.”

“We applaud the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee for bringing to light the significant increases in costs to Texas families as a result of these new rules,” said Domenech. “New regulations like the Administration’s carbon rule will hurt all Texas electricity consumers, especially those least able to pay.”

“Much needed light has been shed on the faulty and ill-conceived science underlying EPA’s recently promulgated rules like the Clean Power Plan, ozone NAAQS, and WOTUS,” said Thompson. “Today’s hearing in the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Space, Science, and Technology is a commendable and necessary step towards requiring that the EPA be accountable for policies supported by nothing more than climate alarmism and a desire to trample state’s rights. These regulations will cost states and consumers billions and leave them with no discernible impact, let alone improvement, on the environment.” 

The Honorable Kathleen Hartnett White is a Distinguished Senior Fellow-in-Residence and the Director for the Armstrong Center for Energy & the Environment. She is also former Chairman for the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (2001-2007).
The Honorable Doug Domenech is Director of the Fueling Freedom Project at the Texas Public Policy Foundation. Domenech most recently served as Secretary of Natural Resources for the Commonwealth of Virginia and served as White House Liaison and deputy chief of staff at the U.S. Department of the Interior.
Leigh Thompson is a policy analyst with the Armstrong Center for Energy and the Environment at the Texas Public Policy Foundation.

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

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