House GOP improves hearing performance; Still too much wiggle room for EPA's McCarthy

Below are some notable moments from today’s House hearing on EPA regulatory overreach, featuring EPA air chief Gina McCarthy: Continue reading House GOP improves hearing performance; Still too much wiggle room for EPA's McCarthy

Breaking: Obama asks EPA to withdraw proposed ozone rule

President Barack Obama has asked EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson to withdraw the agency’s proposed toughened ozone standards, citing “the importance of reducing regulatory burdens and regulatory uncertainty, particularly as our economy continues to recover.” The President’s statement and EPA’s are below.

These are rules that would provide no health benefits but cost $1 trillion per year in compliance and kill 7.4 million jobs by 2020.

So this is a hugely important victory for American workers and the economy, as well as those of us who have been fighting the EPA’s proposed ozone standards.

In a separate statement, EPA administrator Lisa Jackson says the agency will “revisit” the ozone standard. But that won’t occur until at least 2013 — when, with any luck, she will be able to revisit it from an unemployment line. Continue reading Breaking: Obama asks EPA to withdraw proposed ozone rule

Conn Carroll: Flood of new EPA rules could drown economic growth

“Seven proposed rules pending before the agency are poised to inflict more than $125 billion in costs on the U.S. economy annually, according to EPA’s own estimates… [and] all of the EPA’s claimed health benefits from CAA regulations are, at best, bureaucratic guesses,” says Washington Examiner senior editorial writer Conn Carroll. Read Carroll’s commentary.

House GOP outlines fall attack on EPA

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor has laid on plans (see Memo below) to overturn much of the EPA’s economy- and job-killing agenda. But as good as the memo sounds, mere House votes against the EPA will not do the trick. The House needs to strangle the EPA in ongoing debt and budget negotiations. The House controls government purse strings and needs to use that leverage to stop the EPA, which is one of the biggest threats and obstacles to America’s recovery and prosperity. Continue reading House GOP outlines fall attack on EPA

EPA exaggerated GHG emissions from fracking, says new study

Estimates used by the EPA and others for greenhouse gas emissions from upstream shale gas production are likely significantly overstated, says a new report from IHS CERA. The estimates are based on assumptions that do not reflect current industry practice and should be reevaluated, the reports says. Click for “Mismeasuring Methane: Estimating Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Upstream Natural Gas Development”.