Policy Documents

EPA Power Plant Regulations: A Backdoor Energy Tax

Nicolas Loris, Kevin Dayaratna, and David W. Kreutzer, Ph.D. –
December 5, 2013

The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) proposed greenhouse gas regulations for new power plants, and forthcoming regulations for existing plants, will inflict higher energy costs on American families and businesses. The regulations, which will provide no meaningful environmental benefit, have a weak scientific underpinning and face much legal scrutiny. Three Heritage Foundation energy policy experts explain why Congress should remove the EPA’s and any other agency’s authority to regulate carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions.