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OBAMA’S CARBON MANDATE: An Account of Collusion, Cutting Corners, and Costing Americans Billions

August 4, 2015
By Majority Staff Report United States Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works 114th Congress

This Report details the inner-workings of EPA’s rule making process — from the time the agency entered into ‘sue-and-settle’ agreements with environmental activists in 2010 through its June 2014 proposal to limit carbon emissions from existing sources.

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This Report details the inner-workings of EPA’s rule making process — from the time the agency entered into ‘sue-and-settle’ agreements with environmental activists in 2010 through its June 2014 proposal to limit carbon emissions from existing sources. It finds, EPA efforts to regulate carbon emissions from power plants were driven by Obama Administration officials and environmental activist groups colluding to fulfill the President’s climate commitments following the defeat of climate legislation in Congress and lack of support for an international climate treaty. To reach that goal, EPA rushed into a “sue-and-settle” agreement with environmental activists groups such as the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and other environmental activists in 2010 to issue unprecedented carbon regulations with little regard to the technical, legal, and policy challenges that that these rules would present and played politics with the regulatory process by trying to manipulating rulemaking deadlines to avoid a public backlash close to the 2012 Presidential and 2014 midterm elections.