Posted November 22, 2010
Historically, the role of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been that of a regulatory agency with the mission of enforcing federal environmental laws to protect human health. However, recently, EPA has overreached its authority--moving forward to advance policies absent congressional action that could cost millions of jobs, hurt American consumers and put U.S. businesses at a competitive disadvantage globally.
The agency's recent E15 waiver may damage vehicle engines and void warranties; its push to regulate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions under the Clean Air Act was described by Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) as an "economic train wreck"; and EPA's approach to ozone standards could destroy U.S. jobs, raise energy costs and divert capital that could be used to assist economic recovery.
While protecting the environment is of great importance, how you do it also matters. Taken together, these proposals could have a serious impact on our nation's economy while providing little environmental benefit.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Mark Green joined API after a career in newspaper journalism, including 16 years as national editorial writer for The Oklahoman in the paper’s Washington bureau. Mark also was a reporter, copy editor and sports editor. He earned his journalism degree from the University of Oklahoma and master’s in journalism and public affairs from American University. He and his wife Pamela live in Occoquan, Va., where they enjoy their four grandchildren.