In the spirit of “Sunshine Week”—a week devoted to promoting transparency in government—the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation that would stop the EPA from basing its costly regulations on data that isn’t made available to the public.
Allowing independent scientists to review research used to create billion dollar regulations…shouldn’t it be a no-brainer?
Recent research estimates that the EPA’s proposed ozone rule would cut the equivalent of 1.4 million jobs every year until 2040 and reduce annual GDP by a whopping $140 billion. The EPA’s carbon dioxide and mercury rules for power plants could cost the U.S. up to $46 billion and drive up electricity prices by 12.8 percent by 2030. Yet the core data on which these expensive regulations are based remain hidden from outside inspection.
Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.) sums it up nicely: “Is it too much to ask the EPA to follow the same guidelines I give my children in elementary school? Show your work.”