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Fighting EPA’s Aggressive Overregulation

Congress passed the Clean Water Act in 1972 to ensure the federal government and states would work together to efficiently reduce pollution in our nation’s waterways. And in the last forty years, the Administration has repeatedly tried to squash states’ rights and expand its own authority under this law. Most recently, the EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) announced their proposal to give the federal government authority to regulate all sorts of new waterways, in a rule that could extend federal authority to even runoff ditches and stock ponds. This is clearly an aggressive overreach that stomps on the original intent of the law and will have some serious consequences if it is fully implemented.

at Jul 8, 2014 10:08 AM
       

Neugebauer Applauds Committee Passage of Bill to Bring Transparency to the EPA

I applaud the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology's passage of H.R. 4012, the Secret Science Reform Act of 2014. The Secret Science Reform Act requires the EPA to base its regulations on science that is publicly available and sufficient for independent analysis. I am an original cosponsor of the bill and issued the following statement after the Committee vote:

For far too long, the EPA has used secret data to justify billions of dollars in runaway regulations that harm economic growth and opportunity in America. The American people deserve access to this data that is often funded by taxpayer dollars and used to rationalize more Washington overregulation and overreach.

at Jun 25, 2014 10:08 AM
       

Fighting EPA's Expansion of Power

Two new regulations issued by the EPA represent the largest expansion of power by the federal government in our nation’s history. The EPA’s new water rule would allow the federal government to regulate all man-made and natural bodies of water, including those on private property. The rule allows the federal government into our backyards, regulating private and public lakes, ponds and streams.

And the recent power plant rule is all pain and no gain for American families and workers. By imposing strict carbon regulations on existing power plants, the Obama administration will force many power plants to close down costing thousands of jobs and driving up electricity prices.   Read more »

at Jun 12, 2014 10:03 AM
       

Neugebauer Speaks Out Against Burdensome EPA Regulations

As a senior member of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, I released the following statement in response to the Obama Administration’s proposal to drastically increase regulations on carbon emissions.

This aggressive overreach by the Obama Administration will increase the costs of electricity bills for American families, hurt our domestic manufacturing industry, and slow our economic growth. The Clean Air Act was designed to protect our environment, not destroy jobs. This rule will cause coal power plants across the nation to close, leading to fewer jobs and less reliable power for our businesses and families. We can’t afford to burden our economy with more costly, unrealistic, and unnecessary regulations.   Read more »

at Jun 2, 2014 2:23 PM
       

The American Energy Renaissance Act

On Thursday, Congressman Jim Bridenstine and I introduced complementary legislation, S. 2170 and H.R. 4286, to empower the private sector to create good-paying, American jobs and spur economic growth by harnessing our nation’s energy resources and removing federal impediments to energy exploration, development and trade. These bills will also provide a real reset of our foreign policy so we are no longer beholden to unfriendly nations for our energy needs, and can use our own resources to exert our influence around the globe, notably in Ukraine.   Read more »

at Mar 29, 2014 1:39 PM
       

Congressman Neugebauer Criticizes EPA Power Grab

I released the following statement today criticizing a draft rule from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that would dramatically expand the agency’s jurisdiction. The rule redefines what constitutes “waters of the United States” under the Clean Water Act (CWA).

This is a power-grab, plain and simple. The EPA’s role is to ensure the

at Mar 25, 2014 5:04 PM
       

EPA Scientific Review Panel Lacks Independence

As Chairman of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee, I sent a letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy today raising serious concerns about the agency’s scientific advisory processes. The letter highlights potential conflicts of interest and a lack of transparency within EPA’s supposedly independent scientific panel charged with reviewing what could be the most expensive regulation in history. By EPA’s own cost estimate, lowering ozone standards to the range being discussed by the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC) Ozone Review Panel could cost nearly $100 billion per year.   Read more »

at Mar 19, 2014 11:37 AM
       

Experts Questioned on EPA Regulations and Job Loss

As a senior member of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, I questioned witnesses at a joint hearing held by the Subcommittees on Energy and Environment. The hearing focused on Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rules on carbon capture and storage for new power plants. I questioned witnesses on how the EPA’s actions will affect consumers, businesses, and economic growth.   Read more »

at Mar 17, 2014 10:12 AM
       

Stop EPA Attack on Affordable Electricity

Economic growth depends on job creators, not federal regulators. We need to increase access to affordable energy, not take energy options off the table. By requiring carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology that doesn’t even exist, the EPA’s new power plant proposal effectively bans new coal power. There is no coal power plant anywhere in the world that can meet the EPA’s radical proposal.

What’s equally troubling is that the EPA is planning to require this same, unproven technology for new natural gas power. This amendment stops the EPA’s attack on natural gas. It prevents the EPA from using make-believe technologies when setting standards. Only in Washington can you call something ‘adequately demonstrated’ that doesn’t even exist.

at Mar 7, 2014 11:25 AM
       

We need a Great American Energy Renaissance to save us from the Obama Economy

This week, I held a press conference at the Spindletop Museum in Beaumont to discuss ideas to promote energy development and boost the economy.

Restoring jobs and economic growth is the number one priority for Americans and we have a clear path before us to do exactly that. A Great American Energy Renaissance is now underway that we should embrace.   Read more »

at Feb 21, 2014 12:12 PM
       

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