Policy Documents

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Assault on State Sovereignty

William Yeatman –
June 24, 2013

In this AEI report, the author contends that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has started waging war on the American standard of living. During the past few years, the agency has undertaken the most expansive regulatory assault in history on the production and distribution of affordable and reliable energy. Numerous regulations, all proposed within a short timeframe, have created chaos and uncertainty, stagnating investment as the economy attempts to recover from recession. These regulations are causing the shutdown of power plants across the nation, forcing electricity generation off of coal, destroying jobs, raising energy costs, and decreasing reliability. In addition, the EPA has radically shifted the balance of power between the states and the federal government by violating the concept of cooperative federalism in which the EPA and states are to work together in order to effectively balance economic progress with environmental protection.