Ohio Senator Demands EPA Fudge ACES Numbers


You have to check out this letter. It’s from Sen. George Voinovich to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson. Sen. Voinovich is informing Jackson that he’s refusing to let her deputy administrator’s nomination go forward. Why? Because the EPA has refused to bow to Sen. Voinovich’s demands that it fudge its numbers on the American Clean Energy and Security Act:

I have a procedural hold on the nomination of Robert Perciasepe as the Deputy Administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This hold does not serve as a reflection on Mr. Perciasepe’s ability to perform in the role of the Deputy Administrator. Rather, it is based on my continued dissatisfaction with the EPA’s analysis of the Waxman-Markey American Clean Energy and Security (ACES) Act of 2009, and the agency’s subsequent response to these concerns.

Just crazy. What numbers must EPA gin up for Sen. Voinovich to release his hold on Perciasepe? Should they just ask Sen. Voinovich to provide a number on how much he wants them to say it’ll cost families, like a million jillion dollars?

Read the full letter here.

Published: July 14, 2009