I imagine that most of you are aware that EPA is considering whether to regulate carbon emissions under the Clean Air Act, and has declared in advance of that decision that they have begun the period of time known in federal legalese as the Advanced Notice for Proposed Rule making (ANPR). So right now is the opportunity for anyone in the public to submit comments that will be collected by the agency and analyzed and addressed. The EPA expects more comments on this proposed rule than any other in the history of the CAA. So without question they will receive thousands of comments from folks on all sides of the issue, and it is vitally important that the perspectives from sound science, sound economics, limited and constitutional government, and freedom be heard.
Below are some basic guidelines should you wish to submit your own views. The deadline is Nov. 28. If EPA decides to regulate CO2 under the CAA, almost nothing will be off-limits from the regulatory powers they have with no legislative, executive or judicial constraints. So be heard!
How to Comment on the EPA’s Proposed Rules on Regulating Carbon Dioxide:
· Email: a-and-r-Docket@epa.gov (Note your e-mail address will be included as part of the comment that is placed in the public docket and made available on the Internet)
- Fax: 202-566-9744
· Online: Go here <http://www.regulations.gov/fdmspublic/component/main?main=DocumentDetail&o=09000064806a0cfd> and click on the yellow bubble next to “Add Comments”.
*** Comments must be received on or by November 28, 2008 and direct your comments to Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2008-0318***
Suggested Topics to Address:
- the expense of the regulations on Americans, such as gas prices, food prices, transportation costs, and manufactured goods will increase, and regular Americans will be placed in a situation where they have to carefully monitor their own greenhouse gas emissions in order to comply with the confusing EPA regulations.
- the impact on businesses, who will be forced to pay massive energy taxes.
- the impact on small businesses, who are less able to absorb the higher costs of energy, transportation, and goods, and who are less equip to deal with the legal red tape of complying with such regulations.
- job losses resulting from the higher energy and compliance costs of new regulatory excess.
- reduced international competitiveness as we impose a massive new regulatory burden on domestic manufacturers—a burden that foreign producers can ignore.
- the imposition of EPA permits on Americans who happen to use lawncare equipment such as lawnmowers, own large homes, or own as few as 25 dairy cows
- the imposition of yet another hurdle to entrepreneurs who want to start new businesses.
- The link <http://www.epa.gov/epahome/pdf/anpr20080711.pdf> to the proposed regulations
- EPA’s website <http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/anpr.html> on the regulations
- The U.S. Chamber website <http://www.uschamber.com/co2/default> , with a wide array of links and documents relevant to the regulations
- A White House Policy Memorandum <http://www.uschamber.com/NR/rdonlyres/evxzau5oxvpbtqsvhey2f7wvqhjrz55vkvfhep7rs32pz2uzpjwoynngng5xzn6hssotmfsdnt2i5ktffknuxwiiu2d/WHPolicyMemoonEPAANPR.pdf> on the impact of the EPA rule-making
- Other Cabinet responses <http://www.uschamber.com/NR/rdonlyres/e6d4nwwqe754lrgtb6uthffdyrqtkwanvw6zycdxjiihmazcrkw4c7zcrusvunbddkz6nzjhfroib4amfzuvyy6dfig/CabinetResponsestoEPA.pdf> to the regulations
- A condensed fact-sheet <http://www.uschamber.com/NR/rdonlyres/euwq46u6e2rezqofi3l6cubaz7jyi47g3zmujuoy4qr46vp6rxkr7gr2ooeqfaas4wnwn2rkzlj6zknt44wdnqsxxif/081408reONEPAGERexpandedfactsheetonANPR.pdf> on the regulations
- A WSJ piece <http://online.wsj.com/article/SB121642309337666613.html> on the growing jurisdiction of the EPA
Other things to know:
· EPA's policy is that all comments received will be included in the public docket without change and may be made available online at www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided, unless the comment includes information claimed to be Confidential Business Information (CBI) or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute. Do not submit information that you consider to be CBI or otherwise protected through www.regulations.gov or e-mail.
· The www.regulations.gov website is an “anonymous access” system, which means EPA will not know your identity or contact information unless you provide it in the body of your comment. If you submit an electronic comment, EPA recommends that you include your name and other contact information in the body of your comment. If you send an e-mail comment directly to EPA without going through www.regulations.gov, your e-mail address will be automatically captured and included as part of the comment that is placed in the public docket and made available on the Internet.
· For additional information about EPA’s public docket visit the EPA Docket Center homepage at http://www.epa.gov/epahome/dockets.htm.