Supreme Court sides with Indiana over costly EPA rules

Posted by: Courtney Scott  | Thursday, July 2, 2015

In a major win for Hoosier consumers and our energy industry, the Supreme Court ruled that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) violated the law when it imposed a multibillion dollar regulation without regard for the price tag.

Justice Scalia writes for the 5-4 majority, "It is not rational, never mind 'appropriate,' to impose billions of dollars in economic costs in return for a few dollars in health or environmental benefits.” Scalia’s remarks are clear: bureaucratic overreach hurts the economy and middle-class Americans.

The Supreme Court’s decision vindicates calls to reign in burdensome regulations and institute common sense in rulemaking. Imposing massive regulations without taking into account the cost inflicted is reckless and has now been deemed illegal by the Court’s ruling. That callous attitude isn’t one which families in Indiana and across the country can afford. When the EPA fails to account for the harm their emissions policies inflict, the middle class suffers.

In Indiana, these overreaching regulations threaten our coal industry and consumers alike, putting at risk thousands of good-paying jobs and affordable energy on which our families and manufacturers rely.

As a respiratory therapist, the health and well-being of Hoosiers has always been front of mind. Our nation has made tremendous strides towards reducing air pollution and innovating new forms of energy sources for the future. Our most successful gains on the environmental front have been made when government, businesses and communities work together.

Just this week, the Headwaters Wind Farm in northeast Indiana hosted its dedication ceremony. The project’s 100 wind turbines will supply clean electricity for many years to come. It constituted one of the largest investments in the county’s history, created with the support of its local power provider and the community. Instances like this demonstrate the strides that can be made in crafting environmental solutions for the future under a collaborative, economically sensible approach.

But when bureaucracy oversteps, consumers and companies lose, and the EPA’s Clean Power Plan did just that.

Our economic prosperity depends on a diversified energy strategy that uses the full spectrum of available resources. As we seek practical, environmentally-friendly energy sources for the future, it is important that we do so in a manner that keeps energy reliable and affordable for Hoosier families. The EPA’s energy approach has failed to do so on all counts.

This ruling serves as a critical reminder to the country of the harm sustained when government bureaucracy acts without regard for the pocketbooks of the middle class. Federal regulation should balance the health of the environment with the health of the economy. Doing so promises a better future for folks across the country and in Indiana alike.