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House GOP Readies Restrictions On EPA

From an outraged Associated Press:

AP sources: House GOP readies restrictions on EPA

By David Espo, AP Special Correspondent Tue Feb 1, 2011

WASHINGTON – In a sharp challenge to the Obama administration, House Republicans intend to unveil legislation Wednesday to ban the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act and expect to advance the bill quickly, officials disclosed Tuesday night.

The officials said the bill would nullify all of the steps the EPA has taken to date on the issue, including a threshold finding that greenhouse gases constitute a danger to the public health and welfare.

In addition, it seeks to strip the agency of its authority to use the law in any future attempts to crack down on the emissions from factories, utilities and other stationary sources.

Many scientists say that carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping pollution contribute to global warming, and attempts at regulating them is a major priority for President Barack Obama as well as environmentalists. Critics argue the evidence is thin and that new rules will drive up the cost of business and cause the loss of jobs…

Notice how the AP frames this. "Many scientists" versus "critics."

Republicans are attempting similar restrictions in the Senate, where the Democrats are in a majority and the political situation is more complicated. Sen. John Barrasso of Wyoming has introduced a more sweeping measure than the one House Republicans are drafting. At the same time, Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., has proposed a two-year moratorium on EPA attempts to regulate greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act, a plan that already has attracted a handful of Democratic supporters

In other words, these are bi-partisan efforts. So where are the media’s kudos?

The Supreme Court ruled in 2007 that the EPA has authority to regulate greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act, but it wasn’t until the Obama administration took office that the effort began.

Initially, the administration’s principal focus in the area was on passage of legislation to impose restrictions, but that attempt failed when the Senate balked at a bill Democrats pushed through the House in 2009

And now Mr. Obama is just going to enforce ‘Cap And Trade’ through executive orders and regulations.

Let’s hope this bi-partisan effort in the Congress can stop him.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “House GOP Readies Restrictions On EPA”

  1. NoNeoCommies says:

    They need to make the EPA actually prove things rather than quoting the leftist “scientists” riding the Climate Change bandwagon.
    They also need to force them to include the full critique of dissenting scientists in any reports.
    When a Republican takes back the White House, political bureaucrats need to be purged from every government administration.
    There should be no tolerance for politicking by bureaucrats.

  2. Rusty Shackleford says:

    “environmentalist”

    Yet another boogie-woogie word invented in the last 40-some years. it means nothing and any dork with a liberal arts degree (or not) can be an “environmentalist”.

  3. proreason says:

    Abolish the EPA.

    Also abolish Commerce, Energy, FNMA, Freddie Mac, Education, FCC, HHS, and reduce Transportation to the interstate road system.

    As a start.

    (btw, EPA, Commerce, Energy and HHS all have big pictures of their marxist commissars prominently featured on their home pages. Are you surprised?)

  4. Mae says:

    Oh, great! Just went to the EPA website and this pops up:

    Rachel Carson Contest
    Sense of Wonder Contest entries due June 10, 2011
    Learn more about the contest
    FAQs about the contest
    See the 2010 winners

    Maybe someone this year will do a paper entitled “The Sense of Wonder About the Deaths Caused Around the World By Not Using DDT.”


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