The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is under investigation by Republicans on the House Oversight and Accountability Committee about their proposal to tighten regulations on emissions from fossil fuel power plants.
The 22 Republican legislators, led by Rep. Jake LaTurner, R-Kan., and James Comer, R-Ky., chairman of the panel, wrote an open letter to EPA Administrator Michael Regan on Wednesday, expressing concern that the agency had not adequately taken into account the rule’s financial implications and technological viability. The Republicans requested a number of internal messages concerning the rulemaking procedure from Regan, as well as an extension of the public feedback period.
They stated in the letter that “it is difficult to overstate the threat that the proposed performance standards pose to grid reliability in the United States.” The power plants that provide baseload power to the electric grid would be most affected if the proposed rule became law.
As a direct result of this Administration’s assault on domestic energy production, millions of Americans have experienced the crushing weight of increased electricity costs over the past two years, the letter stated. The EPA’s deliberate reduction of producing capacity at a time when pleas for greater electrification are being made across the country is a classic bait-and-switch on American consumers.