Washington, D.C.– The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) should withdraw the proposed greenhouse gas regulations until it complies with legal requirements to evaluate how they would affect small business and other small entities, Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, Wis., ranking Republican on the House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming, said in a letter he sent with other leading members of Congress to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson.
“Small business is the engine of job growth in this country, but these climate regulations will stall an economic recovery before it has a chance to get started,” Sensenbrenner said. “What’s even more disturbing is that the EPA hasn’t even looked into how these regulations will impact job growth and the economy. The EPA should slow down and look at these issues before it enacts regulations that will smother small businesses and the jobs they create.”
The letter said the EPA should suspend consideration of the Light Duty Vehicle Rule and the Greenhouse Gas Tailoring Rule until it complies with the Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA), which compels federal agencies to assess the cost of their regulations on small businesses and other small entities. On Dec. 23, the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Office of Advocacy urged the EPA to conduct a Small Business Advocacy Review that is required by the RFA before it moves forward with any greenhouse gas regulations, and Sensenbrenner urged the EPA to heed the SBA’s request.
Small business was responsible for 64 percent of job creation during the past 15 years, the letter said. Several studies have shown that greenhouse gas regulations will undercut nearly every sector of the American economy, raise energy prices and lead to significant job losses.
Rep. Darrell Issa, Calif, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee ranking Republican; Sen. John Barrasso, Wyo., Senate Environment and Public Works Oversight Subcommittee ranking Republican; and Sen. David Vitter, La., Senate Environment and Public Works Clean Air and Nuclear Safety Subcommittee ranking Republican joined Sensenbrenner in signing the letter.