EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson faced more than two hours of tough questioning at Wednesday’s hearing of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power. Committee Republicans continually questioned the authority of EPA to regulate greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act and raised doubts about the legal, scientific and economic basis of rules proposed by the agency.
The hearing began at 9:30 a.m. and didn’t end until 5:30 p.m. Philip Nelson, president of the Illinois Farm Bureau, testified on behalf of AFBF and didn’t take the microphone until after 4 p.m. Republican members of the panel said EPA regulations will harm the economy and cost jobs.
“The EPA and the Obama administration have decided that they want to put the American economy in a straitjacket, costing us millions of jobs and billions of dollars a year. They couldn’t get it through the legislative process, so they’ve tried to do it by a regulatory approach. It’s not going to work,” said Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas) in his opening remarks.