The Obama EPA has created over 500 major new regulations imposing tens of billions of dollars in new costs on American businesses and consumers. These new rules create regulatory uncertainty, prevent new projects from going forward, discourage new investment, and stifle job creation.
The nation’s air and waterways, as a whole, are much healthier than they were just a few decades ago. Efforts to reduce pollution, encourage recycling, educate the public, and avoid ecological degradation have been a success. To ensure their continued support by the American people, however, we need a dramatic change in the priorities of officials in Washington, a shift from a job-killing punitive mentality to a spirit of cooperation with producers, landowners, and the public. An important factor is full transparency in development of the data and modeling that drive regulations. Legislation to restore the authority of States in environmental protection is essential.