Yesterday, the House Energy and Commerce Committee held a field hearing in Texas to discuss EPA safeguards against carbon pollution.On hand were Texas Representatives Pete Olson and Joe Barton, EPA Assistant Administrator Gina McCarthy, and Bryan Shaw, chairman of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.
Texas officials and industry polluters have notoriously failed to implement EPA protections, which has gravely threatened the health and well-being of the state's population.
Despite a hail of criticism from the Texas officials, McCarthy stood firm, declaring that EPA safeguards will "prevent 230,000 premature deaths and result in $2 trillion in economic benefits in 2020."
Additionally, McCarthy affirmed, "It is terrifically misleading to say that enforcement of the Clean Air Act has cost jobs.That claim is simply untrue.Enforcement of the Clean Air Act has saved lives and allowed the economy to grow."
In the coming month, the House of Representatives and the Senate are expected to vote on legislation proposed by House Energy and Commerce Committee ChairmanFred Upton (R-MI) and Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK) that would prevent the EPA from safeguarding public health from harmful carbon pollution.