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API says Clean Air Act is not designed to address greenhouse gas emissions

WASHINGTON, September 14, 2010 - Howard J. Feldman, Director of Regulatory & Scientific Affairs at API, today testified at a hearing for the Environmental Protection Agency’s GHG Permitting Federal Implementation Plan.  

“The Clean Air Act was not designed to address greenhouse gas emissions,” said Feldman.  “Modifying the existing statutory thresholds to make them work for greenhouse gases, as the agency has done, amounts to rewriting the Clean Air Act, not applying it.

“Furthermore, applying the Clean Air Act in a way that was never intended by Congress will unnecessarily raise the cost of America’s energy.  At a time when the administration should be focused on job creation and economic recovery, this is the last thing it should be pushing through.   Let Congress address climate change with new legislation.”

Please click here for a copy of the complete testimony, as prepared for delivery.

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API represents more than 400 oil and natural gas companies, leaders of a technology-driven industry that supplies most of America’s energy, supports more than 9.2 million U.S. jobs, accounts for 7.5 percent of the U.S. economy, and, since 2000, has invested nearly $2 trillion in U.S. capital projects to advance all forms of energy, including alternatives, while reducing the industry’s environmental footprint.

Updated: September 14, 2010

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