EPA’s “Secret Science” Lends Doubt to Carbon Regulations
June 22, 2016
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The House Committee on Science, Space & Technology today will hold a hearing on “Ensuring Sound Science at EPA.” The sole witness before the full committee is EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy who must address the agency’s so-called use of “secret science” as a lack of visibility and opportunity for public scrutiny is rampant. Last year, Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX) sponsored a bill requiring EPA to make public the research it uses to write environmental rules. The bill was opposed by the Obama Administration.
“Given the fact EPA has promulgated a host of regulations on the power sector that will make the cost of keeping the lights on and businesses thriving a risky proposition, the American people are owed an explanation. We hope to hear one today,” said Mike Duncan, president and CEO of the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity.
On August 3, 2015, EPA proposed the final details of its Power Plan, regulations aimed at restricting carbon emissions from power plants. The Administration’s justification for the Power Plan and Paris Agreement is to address climate change by keeping global average temperature to below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.
According to analysis from the Manhattan Institute, however, EPA’s own climate model shows that carbon reductions required by the Power Plan will provide no such benefit – merely 0.013 degrees Celsius at most. Not only will the regulation result in no meaningful environmental gain it also will wreak pain on American consumers and businesses in the form of electricity price increases across the Lower 48, with 28 states experiencing double-digit increases.
“The costs dramatically outweigh the benefits,” continued Duncan. “Whatever science EPA used to arrive at the logic for this unconstitutional federal power grab needs to be carefully examined. We are grateful that Chairman Smith and the committee are taking the lead in shining a light into the murky waters surrounding EPA’s rulemakings.”
The American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity is a partnership of the industries involved in producing electricity from coal. Coal, an abundant and affordable American energy resource, provides nearly 35 percent of our power. By 2019, the coal-based power industry is expected to have invested more than $126 billion to reduce emissions and to use this critical resource more cleanly and efficiently than ever before.