Others Comment on EPA’s Proposed Endangerment

American Petroleum Institute, Jack Gerard, President:

The proposed endangerment finding poses an endangerment to the American economy and to every American family. It could lead to greenhouse gas regulations under a law fundamentally ill-suited to addressing the challenge of global climate change. The regulations could impose complex, costly requirements on restaurants, colleges, schools, shopping malls, bakeries and many other businesses and institutions. The Clean Air Act was created to address local and regional air pollution, not the emission of carbon dioxide and other global greenhouse gases.

Competitive Enterprise Institute, Marlo Lewis, “Endangerment finding: Legislative Hammer or Suicide Note?”:

The CO2 litigation campaign that begat Massachusetts v. EPA turns out to be too clever by half. As Roger Pielke, Jr. and Michael Shellenberger astutely observe, Team Obama’s threat to regulate greenhouse gases via the Clean Air Act (CAA) unless Congress enacts cap-and-tax legislation is tantamount to a promise to commit political suicide. However costly cap-and-tax might be, litigation-driven CAA regulation of greenhouse gases is potentially far more damaging to the economy. Instead of being a hammer that beats opponents into submission, EPA’s forthcoming endangerment finding–the first step in regulating greenhouse gases under the CAA–should strengthen Congressional Republicans’ resolve to fight cap-and-tax. By doing so, they will ensure that Obama and his allies bear all the blame for raising consumer energy prices, destroying jobs, and de-stimulating the economy. For further discussion, see my post on MasterResource.Org.

Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, Dave McCurdy, President:

Today, the EPA made an endangerment finding on carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions that will affect all industries in some way. Automakers are ahead of the curve and have already been taking action, because we understand that being a successful industry means being part of the low carbon economy.Autos account for 20 percent of man-made CO2 emissions in the U.S. As automakers, we know that our job is to get cleaner, more fuel-efficient technologies on the road quickly. We already offer customers over 130 models that get more than 30 MPG. There are now over 35 models that are hybrids or clean diesel. This is progress, but we are not stopping with today’s accomplishments. We’re working on new innovations for the future, including vehicles that don’t run on petroleum at all.

The transition to a new way of using energy and new energy sources requires that we collaborate with government and other industries like never before. For new power trains to be successful, a diverse set of high-quality fuels must be available, whether it is biofuels, clean diesel or the electricity grid. Drivers of electric vehicles, for example, will need someplace to recharge while at work or shopping, and our communities will need an adequate supply of low carbon electricity to power all those vehicles. We all need to be planning for the future today.

In the end we all share the same goal. Today’s administration has the opportunity to reset the debate to address the environment and today’s economic realities.

“We are hopeful that the Obama Administration can find ways to bridge state and federal concerns, and move all stakeholders towards an aggressive, national, fuel economy/greenhouse gas emissions program administered by the federal government.

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