Americans will get to have their say on the Environmental Protection Agency and its proposed regulation to fight climate change this week.
The agency will hold public hearings in four cities to fulfill its promise to get stakeholder input and let everyday Americans comment on the proposed rule.
But whether the agency takes the input seriously is another matter. Given what EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy wrote on the EPA’s website, it’s not promising.
“We expect great feedback at these sessions. And unfortunately, we also expect a healthy dose of the same tired, false and worn out criticism that commonsense EPA action is bad for the economy.”
For an agency that is stressing the “importance” of an “open and inclusive process,” the EPA does not seem to actually want any feedback. This despite the fact the EPA’s climate regulations for both new and existing power plants will:
- Raise energy prices. A family of four can expect the new regulations to cost them more than $100 per month in lost income. And it’s not just electric bills but gasoline, restaurants, groceries and durable goods that will become harder to afford.
- Destroy jobs. As a result of higher prices, families will buy fewer goods and businesses will produce less from either absorbing the costs or passing the costs onto consumers. With regulations that will choke off vast quantities of affordable, reliable energy, employment would fall by nearly 600,000 jobs.
- Do little to impact the climate. Even if you believe global warming will result in future catastrophic climate events, despite that there’s plenty of evidence to suggest the contrary, the EPA’s power plants regulations will not make any meaningful impact on global carbon dioxide emissions and therefore minimal impact on global temperature change.
Administrator McCarthy is dead right when she says, “We don’t have to sacrifice a healthy economy for a healthy environment—the two go hand-in-hand,” and that “We all want to make sure the world we leave our children is as clean, safe and healthy as possible.”
Wealth creation, for which affordable, reliable energy is critical, has provided Americans with the capacity and wherewithal to care for the environment. When economies are free to grow, environmental quality improves. Free economies better equip people to tackle environmental challenges and address climate-related events . This will make our environment and future better for our children and grandchildren. America can have economic growth and improved environmental well-being, but the EPA’s greenhouse gas regulations will stunt economic growth and have the opposite effect.