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house Bill H.R. 3684

House to EPA Head: You Can't Leave the Country Until You Come to Coal Country, First

Argument in favor

For the EPA to ignore discussion and debate of new regulations for coal-powered plants in the states where these decisions will matter most is ignorant, if not cowardly.

Argument opposed

Pollution doesn't recognize national borders; halting global discussion of emissions standards until all domestic debate is accomplished is counterproductive and creates a false dilemma.

What is House Bill H.R. 3684?

This bill would block foreign travel for the EPA Administrator until the agency takes part in public listening sessions held in each of the top 15 coal-producing states. The EPA's listening session tour included stops in NewYork, Boston, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, San Francisco and Seattle, but bypassed 16 of the top 20 coal-producing states. 

According to bill cosponsor Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-ND),

the EPA announced plans to hold listening sessions on forthcoming greenhouse gas regulations for existing coal-fired power plants. Congressman Cramer submitted a written request for a listening session in Bismarck, which did not receive a response from Administrator McCarthy. When McCarthy was before the Science, Space, and Technology Committee, Cramer again requested a listening session in North Dakota, to which [McCarthy] did not respond. The agency proceeded to hold 11 sessions in cities including Seattle, San Francisco, and Boston, while bypassing all ten states most reliant on coal generated electricity, including North Dakota.


The bill impacts the EPA Administrator's ability to travel abroad and where EPA public listening sessions would be held.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 3684

A CBO cost is currently unavailable.


Listen to Americans First Act of 2013

Official Title

To prohibit Federal funding of foreign travel by the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency until the Agency conducts public listening sessions on rulemaking targeting carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants in each of the 15 States with the highest percentage of electricity generated by coal in 2012.

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      house Committees
      Committee on Agriculture
      Conservation and Forestry
      Committee on Energy and Commerce
      Committee on Science, Space, and Technology
      Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
      Water Resources and Environment
    IntroducedDecember 10th, 2013

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