Cantwell, Merkley

Executive Session (Wheeler Nomination)

Senator Cantwell: (3:25 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Andrew Wheeler to be Deputy Administrator of the E.P.A.
    • "But the biggest problem here was the proposal hit consumers, as I said with billions of dollars in added costs, adding to multiple costs that we didn't need to see. Bailing out old coal plants wasn't just bad policy, it was a breathtaking raid on the consumer pocketbook. The regional grid manager found that the secretary's proposal would nearly double the cost of wholesale energy in the nation's largest electricity market. Fortunately the Federal Regulatory Energy Commission unanimously rejected this proposal. But if Mr. Wheeler comes to E.P.A. as the number two, what other proposals like this are they going to propose or try to fight or even though the science within the own agencies say they are wrongheaded. How much time will we have to waste exposing these bad ideas?"

 

Senator Merkley: (3:33 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Andrew Wheeler to be Deputy Administrator of the E.P.A.
    • "In Federalist Paper #76 Alexander Hamilton wrote it was the job of the president to stop unfit characters. To make sure unfit characters do not have roles of power and influence within our government. The nominee who is before us, Andrew wheeler, for the number-two job at the Environmental Protection Agency, raises a series of questions and concerns related to whether or not he is fit for office. He's a man whose entire career working for the fossil fuel industry stands in direct opposition to the mission of the Environmental Protection Agency."