Weekly Column: Rolling Back the EPA’s Overregulation
Our country has seen unprecedented overregulation under the Obama administration. Since his first day in office, President Obama has approved countless new regulations through federal agencies, which have slowed our economic growth, harmed our small businesses, and weakened our ability to compete overseas. One of the worst offenders is the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Under the President’s direction, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy and her staff pushed forward oppressive regulations, such as the Clean Power Plan (CPP), handed to them by liberal lobbyists and activists that prioritized extreme carbon-trading schemes and a war on fossil fuel.
Among other things, CPP saddled American businesses with onerous regulations on carbon emissions while providing allowances for wind and solar companies. This has led to less production at higher costs, resulting in fewer jobs, and an overall disadvantage in the global marketplace. Pricing carbon could especially be detrimental to a state like Wisconsin, where the manufacturing sector plays an outsized role in the state’s economy. Manufacturers in our state already pay more per kilowatt-hour than many of our Midwestern neighbors. And since the production of goods is often energy-intensive, the industrial sector must always keep its eyes on energy prices.
In other words, through the Clean Power Plan, President Obama and his EPA chose winners and losers rather than acting in the best interest of the nation. However, under a newly unified Republican government, there is a new opportunity to roll back the gross overregulations of the Obama administration.
In preparation for the new Congress, House Republicans have begun drafting a comprehensive list of more than 200 regulations, and counting, that President-elect Donald Trump can repeal on day one. Many of these include EPA initiatives that, once removed, will provide a hand up to American businesses and manufacturers, help spur economic growth, and ensure the United States is globally competitive and is energy independent.