Carter: Finally Some Good News from the Supreme Court

| July 5, 2015

Carter Buddy

Buddy Carter, First District Congressman, US House of Representatives

The Supreme Court this week ruled against the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) effort to limit power plant emissions. In a 5-4 vote, the Supreme Court ruled that the agency “unreasonably” failed to consider the cost of the regulations to regulate emissions from coal and oil-fired plants. This rule would have added to the unemployment lines by killing an industry that keeps the cost of energy down for American families and keeps domestic manufacturing competitive.

Writing for the court, Justice Antonin Scalia said it is not appropriate to impose billions of dollars of economic costs in return for a few dollars in health or environmental benefits. Scalia went on to say that the “EPA refused to consider whether the costs of its decision outweighed the benefits. The Agency gave cost no thought at all, because it considered cost irrelevant to its initial decision to regulate.”

Justice Scalia is right. The current administration has not been shy about its desire to kill the fossil industry. If this Administration has its way, Americans would be unable to mine, burn coal, or export coal. The Heritage Foundation analyzed the phase-out of coal, thanks to the EPA’s regulations, between 2015 and 2038. By the end of 2023, they project employment would fall by nearly 600,000 jobs and a family of four’s annual income would drop more than $1,200 per year due to increased costs.

While the Supreme Court decision should be celebrated, this Administration’s over regulation doesn’t end at the EPA. During President Obama’s first term in office, he enacted 157 new major regulations that increased the regulatory burden by nearly $73 billion. In 2013 alone, regulators published $112 billion in net regulatory costs. They also added 157.9 million paperwork burden hours. I am working hard in Congress to rein in all ​job-killing regulations and ensure major rules are justified.

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