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WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Chamber President and CEO Thomas J. Donohue issued the following statement today regarding the U.S. Supreme Court’s Michigan v. EPA decision:

“The Supreme Court made it clear that EPA cannot turn a blind eye when it imposes massive costs on our economy in return for minimal environmental benefit. The decision affirms the common sense principle that Congress requires agencies to consider the consequences of regulations that they impose on businesses and consumers.


The Supreme Court today began to rein in EPA's regulatory overreach by ruling that EPA must take into consideration costs when it implements rules.

Here are five must read lines from Justice Scalia’s 5-4 majority opinion in Michigan vs. EPA:

1.“EPA refused to consider whether the costs of its decision outweighed the benefits. The Agency gave cost no thought at all, because it considered cost irrelevant to its initial decision to regulate.”


There are many aspects of the EIA analysis of EPA’s Clean Power Plan that are worthy of comment, but for the purposes of this testimony I will limit myself to three main points:

1. EIA’s assessment of EPA’s plan demonstrates that the economic costs exceed the climate benefits by a wide margin;

2. EIA’s assessment shows that contrary to EPA’s claim, both electricity prices and electricity expenditures will be higher under EPA’s plan; and


There is a new piece of analysis in the Reports section of our web page that examines the Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) recent assessment of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan.


The EPA is expected to finalize its “Clean Power Plan”—sweeping new regulations that aim to transform the U.S. electricity system—sometime in the next 90 days. When it does, all eyes will quickly turn their attention away from Washington, DC and toward state capitals, as states scramble to come to grips with EPA’s mandate.

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