Congressman Sanford Bishop

Representing the 2nd District of Georgia


Jun 4, 2014
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) issued the following statement regarding the new proposed carbon emission regulations from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA):

“As I have always said, any proposed regulations at both the federal and state levels need to be subject to a cost benefit analysis, be based on sound science, and should just make common sense, in this case ensuring the protection of our environment while not threatening the economy. The proposed EPA regulations limiting carbon dioxide emissions from power plants could have a devastating impact on the economy of the Southeastern United States, which to a large extent relies on coal-based fuel for much of its energy needs. At the same time, we have only one environment.

“At first glance, I am deeply concerned that states like Georgia may face a disproportionate burden in complying with these proposed regulations. Without the proper vetting and feedback, the EPA’s proposed regulations’ ultimate impact could be the reduction of energy generation, higher energy prices for consumers, the closure of power plants, and the loss of thousands of jobs. The resulting increased demand for natural gas will potentially drive up the cost of nitrogen fertilizers utilized in growing crops, thereby increasing the cost of food we buy at the grocery store. Additionally, the guidelines may extend reduction measures beyond the Clean Air Act requirements, potentially infringing upon states’ rights and their decision making process for energy production.

“Last month, I signed a letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy requesting that she extend the comment period for this rule to 120 days, given the significant impact it could have across the nation. I believe that stakeholders both in support and in opposition to the proposed rule should take the opportunity to weigh in with their comments. Feedback to the EPA will assist ensure that energy will continue to be provided to our businesses and families in a safe, affordable, and environmentally responsible manner.”

To comment on the Environmental Protection Agency’s potential rule, please click here.