The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) continues to plow ahead with its aggressive crusade against greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) even though the agency itself just published a report showing a 6.1 percent decrease in overall emissions from the previous year. Furthermore, the report states that in 2009, manufacturers generated just 4 percent of total U.S. GHG emissions.
This startling data puts the EPA’s regulation of GHG emissions in perspective. As we try to rebuild our struggling economy, it makes little sense to pile on new and burdensome regulations for emissions that have reached a 15-year low. Manufacturers are already scaling back on plans to build new facilities because of GHG regulations and a host of other proposed and final rules that directly impact their businesses. This study is further proof that the costs of the EPA’s regulatory onslaught far outweigh any environmental benefit.