Highlights from Regan’s contentious House appearance

By Kevin Bogardus | 05/16/2024 06:42 AM EDT

EPA Administrator Michael Regan faced a barrage of questions at a hearing Wednesday on electric vehicles, Superfund taxes and guns.

Michael Regan.

EPA Administrator Michael Regan on Capitol Hill on Wednesday. House Energy and Commerce Committee/YouTube

In his final go-round on Capitol Hill this budget season, EPA Administrator Michael Regan tangled with Republicans on electric vehicles, firearms use at the agency and just how many pages were in a methane rule.

The House Energy and Commerce Environment, Manufacturing and Critical Materials Subcommittee hearing featured several fireworks, as one lawmaker called automakers “wusses” in the face of federal government action. At one point, Regan deemed a line of questioning “ridiculous.”

Republican lawmakers also took issue with the climate component of a suite of new power plant standards, arguing at the Wednesday hearing it will threaten economic growth and reliability of the electric grid.


Regan pushed back, pointing to public health benefits his agency was bringing and his work with industry so they can meet requirements.