The House Energy and Power Subcommittee voted today to have the Administration study the cumulative effect of environmental regulations.  Many Congressmen argued that the EPA hasn’t considered the effects of its multiple rules as it pursues a wide-ranging regulatory agenda.  The report would have to be finished by August 2012.

“It is imperative that we have some idea of the cumulative impact of regulations of this depth, this comprehensiveness and its impact on our ability to create jobs,” said Representative Whitfield (R-KY).

The bill from Representative John Sullivan (R-OK) now moves through the House Energy Committee before being voted upon by the full House.  It has support from House Energy Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) and other committee members.  The bill would create a commission with 11 members from various government agencies, chaired by the U.S. Commerce Department secretary or his designee.  The group would study the effect of environmental rules on unemployment, gasoline prices, electricity prices, and other metrics and report the results to Congress.