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Oversight Committee says new docs show Biden admin ignoring cost and legality of emissions rules

In June, the House Committee on Oversight and Accountability sent a letter to EPA Administrator Michael Regan expressing concerns about the rules and asking for documents and communications about the EPA's proposed emissions standards.

Published: February 22, 2024 5:57pm

The House Committee on Oversight and Accountability says communications within the Biden administration concerning a proposed emissions rule suggest it moved forward with the rulemaking process despite questions about its costs and legality.

In May, the EPA published proposed emissions rules that set standards for America’s fossil fuel-fired power plants. In June, the committee sent a letter to EPA Administrator Michael Regan expressing concerns about the rules and asking for documents and communications about the rule.

In response, the EPA sent the committee hundreds of pages of documents. According to the Wall Street Journal, the comments show that experts and legal advisors at other agencies raised serious concerns about the proposed standards.

“Documents uncovered show the EPA and this Administration is [sic] willfully disregarding the cost and legality of its proposed emissions rule which would jeopardize America’s power grid, raise energy costs, and cement Green New Deal priorities,” said Oversight Committee Chair James Comer, R-Ky., in a statement.

In its editorial, the Wall Street Journal editorial board warned that the EPA’s rule would curtail power from gas-fired generators at a time “power shortages are becoming more common as government force-feeds green energy onto the grid.”

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