Today, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt and the White House announced the Energy Independence Executive Order, which will begin the process of rolling back the job-killing regulations imposed by the Obama Administration.
“Thanks to the leadership of Administrator Pruitt and this White House, America today took a major step forward toward energy independence. Today’s executive order puts hard-working American families first by ending job-killing regulations, opening the door to a new era of American innovation, and leveling the playing field for U.S. business on the global stage.”
NOTE: Even President Obama’s EPA Chief Gina McCarthy previously admitted that these government mandates would have basically no impact on global temperatures.This exchange
with House Committee of Science Chairman Lamar Smith from July of 2015 is especially noteworthy in light of her comments today:
REP. SMITH: “On the Clean Power Plan, former Obama Administration Assistant Secretary Charles McConnell said at best it will reduce global temperature by only one one-hundredth of a degree Celsius. At the same time it’s going to increase the cost of electricity. That’s going to hurt the lowest income Americans the most. How do you justify such an expensive, burdensome, onerous rule that’s really not going to do much good and isn’t this all pain and no gain.”MCCARTHY: “No sir, I don’t agree with you. If you look at the [regulatory impact analysis] we did, the Regulatory Impact Analysis you would see it’s enormously beneficial.”SMITH: “Do you consider one one-hundredth of a degree to be enormously beneficial?”MCCARTHY: “The value of this rule is not measured in that way. It is measured in showing strong domestic action which can actually trigger global action to address what’s a necessary action to protect…[interrupted].”SMITH: “Do you disagree with my one one-hundredth of a degree figure? Do you disagree with the one one-hundredth of a degree?”MCCARTHY: “I’m not disagreeing that this action in and of itself will not make all the difference we need to address climate action, but what I’m saying is that if we don’t take action domestically we will never get started and we’ll never…[interrupted].”SMITH: “But if you are looking at the results, the results can’t justify the cost and the burden that you’re imposing on the American people in my judgement.”
The Obama Administration’s anti-business agenda faced criticism for its burdensome regulations and its federal overreach. The WSJ explained last September how their policies were devastating for American workers.