E&EI responds to President Obama’s State of the Union address

FAIRFAX, Va. (February 12, 2013) – Energy and Enterprise Initiative Executive Director Bob Inglis released the following statement after President Obama’s State of the Union address tonight.

“Getting a legislative solution is essential because regulating CO2 is precisely the wrong solution. Unilateral EPA action will spawn litigation and protracted fights over EPA funding. Meanwhile, regulating power plants would do nothing–absolutely nothing–to move China and India toward action. In fact, CO2 regulations may lead to outsourcing that increases emissions just when we’re starting to see a trend toward emission-reducing  ’onsourcing.’

“Rather than capping, regulating and growing government, we should be talking about a ‘true cost’ comparison between competing fuels–eliminating all subsidies for all fuels, attaching all costs to all fuels through an upstream application of a carbon tax, pairing that tax with a dollar-for-dollar cut in other taxes, and making it border adjustable so it’s removed on exports and imposed on imports.”

About the Energy and Enterprise Initiative
The Energy and Enterprise Initiative is a nationwide public engagement campaign promoting free-enterprise solutions to energy and climate challenges. Based at George Mason University, E&EI works to build support for energy policies that are true to conservative principles of limited government, accountability, reasonable risk-avoidance, and free enterprise.   Former South Carolina Republican Congressman Bob Inglis (1993-98, 2005-10) serves as executive director of E&EI.