Energy and Commerce Republicans press Regan on climate rules

By Kevin Bogardus | 05/15/2024 01:27 PM EDT

EPA Administrator Michael Regan said new power plant mandates will improve public health.  

Michael Regan.

EPA Administrator Michael Regan speaks Wednesday during a committee meeting on Capitol Hill. House Energy and Commerce Committee/YouTube

House Republicans warned EPA Administrator Michael Regan on Wednesday that the coal industry cannot meet his agency’s new regulations to curb climate pollution, endangering the nation’s economic growth.

Regan appeared before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment, Manufacturing and Critical Materials. He was there to defend Biden’s latest budget request for his agency but also had to push back against GOP lawmakers who took issue with the agency’s suite of power plant standards.

Rep. Buddy Carter (R-Ga.), chair of the subcommittee, said EPA’s rules are “poised to choke the prospects for increased prosperity.”


Carter asked Regan to name one coal-fired power plant in North America that can achieve a 90 percent reduction in its carbon emissions, as called for by the agency.