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Washington, DC – House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) released the following statement on the Obama Administration’s proposed regulation on methane emissions from oil and gas production:

“Earlier this month, President Obama unveiled his plan to cut carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants. In his speech announcing this regulation, he referred to the threats of job losses and higher energy bills as the ‘same stale arguments.’

Today’s announced proposal of more regulations on America’s energy production could indeed have similar effects. But so as not to bore, here is a fresh reason the President’s plan is unnecessary: What the president wants to achieve with more government intervention is, well, already happening thanks to free-market forces.

“The President’s own Environmental Protection Agency has reported that methane emissions from natural gas production have decreased by 38 percent since 2005. That’s right. In the heart of a natural gas boom in our country, methane emissions have actually gone down. 

“But this isn’t the first time that intended goals of a White House regulation are already being achieved.

“Two days after the White House announced its ‘Clean Power Plan,’ the Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported that carbon dioxide emissions reached a 27-year low in April 2015.

“So thank goodness for innovation and ingenuity. Without it our environment would be less healthy and the great American energy renaissance non-existent. We should pocket these important achievements and continue to build on a safer and more energy secure country. That is what House Republicans will continue to do. What House Republicans will not do is swamp energy producers with new bureaucratic and unnecessary rules to achieve a goal that is already being accomplished without government intervention.”

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