Holding the EPA to Account

Texas Republican Congressman Joe Barton asked for EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson's attention in his opening statement at a Feb. 28 House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing, berated her and held her to account.    Congressman Barton's opening statement ticked off the following list of problems he had with the EPA, including agency: Failure to comply with Obama Executive Order 13563 requiring regulations that promote economic growth, innovation, competitiveness and jobs with the least burdensome tools for achieving regulatory ends, taking "into account benefits and costs, both quantitative and qualitative" (quoting from the Executive order); Promulgation of power plant regulations that have driven energy costs higher without reasonable justification; Failure to Congressional criticism of regulatory actions, including requests for public health and economic research data and justifications of policy decisions; Disregard of blatant conflicts of interest among its...(Read Full Post)