On Friday, January 25th, PACE released the following statement to the media in response to a ruling by the U.S. Circuit of Appeals regarding the EPA’s Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR):
Yesterday, a U.S. Court of Appeals denied the Obama administration’s request for a full court review of an August 2012 ruling that struck down the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule. The following statement should be attributed to Lance Brown, executive director of the Partnership for Affordable Clean Energy (PACE).
The U.S. Court of Appeals decision to not grant a rehearing of the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR) sends a clear message to the EPA that the American judicial system will not stand for destructive and nonsensical regulations. From the beginning, CSAPR was an ill-conceived policy that did not consider the impact the rule would have on the economy, employment and consumers.
The regulation faced broad opposition from states across the board but disproportionately impacted states like Texas. Texas governor Rick Perry stated the rule would cause ‘immediate and devastating effect on Texas jobs, our economy and our ability to supply the electricity our citizens, schools and employers.’
Hopefully now the EPA will actually listen to the Court’s ruling and start playing by the rules, rather than ignore them and the interests of electricity consumers and those families who depend on jobs in the energy industry.