Climate Change

The Energy Sovereignty Act (H.R. 4544)


Representative Scott Perry (R-PA) introduced the Energy Sovereignty Act on February 12, 2016 to remove Section 115 of the Clean Air Act.  Section 115 targets air pollutants “emitted in the United States [that] cause or contribute to air pollution which may be reasonably anticipated to endanger public health or 3 welfare in a foreign country.” Though EPA has never invoked Section 115, it could be used to require states to address international air pollution through revisions to Section 110 State Implementation Plans. The legislation has been referred to the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

Key Actions

February 12, 2016 – Representative Scott Perry (R-PA) introduced H.R. 4544 in the U.S. House of Representatives.