News 12 at 11 o'clock / Thursday, March 31, 2011
COLUMBIA, S.C.---South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson fears proposed greenhouse gas regulations from the Environmental Protection Agency.
"The effect they could have could be catastrophic. It could be crushing to an already weak economy," he said.
In fact, he believes that if they're implemented it could impact life here and across the United States.
"That letter was drafted, I signed it along with 20 other states attorneys general--a bipartisan group of attorneys general," he told News 12, referring to a letter that he and a group of attorneys general sent to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson.
"Basically, all the letter asks Ms. Jackson to do is to defer the regulation of greenhouse gases until Congress has had the opportunity to properly vet and debate the issues," Wilson said.
He believes that if the regulations are put into place, a whole new level of bureaucracy will be added to even owning a small business. He says coal plants and paper mills are easy targets for greenhouse gas regulation.
"But you don't think about a Best Buy, or your local school, or your church, or even your home," he added.
The United States Chamber of Commerce predicts that the EPA would be forced to regulate 260,000 office buildings, 71,000 hotels, and 37,000 churches.
"Truly the EPA is acting beyond its bounds," said Congressman Joe Wilson (R-SC).
He says the cost of the proposed regulations would be felt in your pocket too. The Congressional Budget Office says it'll cost about $1,400 for a typical middle-class family per year.
"I represent some of the wealthiest people in the world at Hilton Head Island, but 50 miles inland at Allendale, I represent one of the 10 poorest counties in the United States, so an additional 1400-dollar cost would be crippling," Congressman Wilson told News 12.