3 Dems Join GOP In Fight To Block EPA Climate Rules

WASHINGTON (AP) — Three Democrats are joining a Republican effort in the House to block the Environmental Protection Agency from reducing the gases blamed for global warming.

Rep. Nick Rahall of West Virginia, Rep. Collin Peterson of Minnesota, and Rep. Dan Boren of Oklahoma will sponsor a bill supported by 42 Senate and seven House Republicans that would bar the EPA from using federal law to control greenhouse gases from power plants, refineries and other industrial facilities.

The measure is the latest to be introduced in the Republican-controlled House, where at least a half-dozen bills target the EPA and its efforts to control air and water pollution.

None of the EPA’s actions is as controversial as its rules on global warming, which Republicans and some Democrats say will raise energy costs and cause job losses in an already fragile economy. The Obama administration counters that controlling global warming pollution is necessary based on scientific evidence that it is threatening public health and the environment. The EPA also says the rules will ultimately yield more health and economic benefits than costs, much like many other Clean Air Act regulations.

The bill, introduced Thursday in the House and Senate, would not bar states from taking action on global warming gases and preserves a deal between the Obama administration and automakers to boost fuel economy and to introduce greenhouse gas standards on tailpipes.

While passage of some measure to hamstring the EPA in the House was all but assured by the Republican majority, the addition of three Democrats shows the momentum against the agency’s global-warming regulations is growing. The three Democratic sponsors, along with 10 other Democrats, voted in February for a rider to a House-passed budget bill that would have prohibited the EPA from using any money to regulate global warming pollution.

“I am dead set against the EPA’s plowing ahead on its own with new regulations to limit greenhouse gases,” Rahall said in a statement. Rahall, who worries regulation will harm coal producers in his district, said that Congress should set policy governing global warming gases. Rahall and Boren voted against a Democrat-backed bill setting a limit on such pollution when it passed the House in June 2009.

Peterson supported that bill, which was championed by President Barack Obama, but only after making deals to ease the cost for farmers. The legislation died in the Senate, where Democrats said they did not have enough votes to overcome a Republican filibuster.

South Carolina Republican Lindsey Graham, the only Republican to work with Democrats to help draft a bill to limit greenhouse gases, has also signed on to sponsor the legislation blocking the EPA — along with most Senate Republicans. The lead authors are House Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton, R-Mich., Rep. Ed Whitfield of Kentucky and Sen. James Inhofe of Oklahoma. Inhofe disputes the widespread scientific consensus that the burning of fossil fuels is causing Earth’s temperature to rise.

Graham had been negotiating with Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., and Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., for months to craft legislation last year, but withdrew his support in May, saying it was impossible to pass because of disagreements over offshore drilling. Graham has long argued that it was better than EPA regulation of carbon dioxide and other so-called greenhouse gases.

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  • Jon

    Before long we won’t have an environment to argue about, and the Republicans will have achieved their goal: no wildlife, polluted lakes and rivers, but plenty of rich coal company executives. The future is grim with the GOP in charge.

  • tom hasbrouck

    Republican agenda:
    War on the middle class
    War on the environment
    War on personal freedoms
    Tax breaks for the rich
    The founding fathers are crying in their graves. Republicans wrap themselves in the flag while they go against the principles this country was founded on.

  • lib

    Global warming is a lie and many many qualified scientists including NASA will attest to this. It is an effort to redisribute wealth among nations. The retired scientists from NASA were told to eithr get on borard with the Global Warming Lie or lose funding. Do you really want an electric bill that is 4 times higher based on a lie. More pollution was spued out when Mt. St. Helens erupted in one day than all of man kind has ever produced world wide.

    • Mark

      I’d like to see your evidence and hear more about your scientific background. I can’t find anything that backs your claim up that comes from an actual scientist, and not a tea-bagger blog. Last I heard, NASA was becoming the leading voice in climate change, and man’s involvment in climate chage was virtually undisputed amongst the scientific community. But if you have core-sample data that shows otherwise, please let us know.

      • lib-conserve

        Mark, global warming has been going on for about 600 years now. I was taught in grade school that Greenland was always covered with giant sheets of ice. and now they are melting. But you know what? Scientist are discovering settlements there by Nordic people. Back when it was warmer than NOW. Maybe all of the SUVs the use to drive made the climate warmer and then when forced to stop driving them the climate cooled. USE your own vision look OUTSIDE. Research weather patterns we are not much different than 150 years ago. and before that the record keeping is very suspect.

      • Mark

        lib-conserve: looking outside is not generally considered empirical evidence. Yes, climate change has gone on throughout the history of the planet and, yes, an annual increase of 1 degree doesn’t seem like much, but it adds up. I find it interesting how we can marvel at science when it comes to vaccines, wifi, and iPhones, but when it comes to something that concerns liberals…well…science is pretty suspect-must be a conspiracy. I guess suppose if a liberal was able to find a vaccine for HIV, you’d be against that too.

  • Mother Nature

    Careful lib. If you do not agree with the climate change crowd they will angry, violent and demand you stop your ways of free thinking and independant ways. Get in line and join the sheeple. Also, let’s educate ourselves by watching more liberlal run news casts.

  • Patrick Lilja

    “If it makes someone money, it doesn’t matter how much of the environment gets polluted or how many people get sick…”

    • ohoh

      you are right to follow the money, only it goes to the Global Warming crowd. Socialists use causes without a voice to further their agenda, i.e. the environment, trees, birds, puppies and kitties. Groups like the Humane Society, Sierra Club, Nationl Autobon, peta etc have billiions of dollars and they use those dollars politically to further their agenda.

  • Matt

    Kudos to those on the left who are stepping up against this sham. Almost weekly another article comes out against this junk science and finally people are starting to open their eyes that it’s not worth crippling our economy to chase something that likely doesn’t exist and if it does, isn’t going to significantly change the way we live our lives.

    Global warming – wait not hot enough, climate change? Come on…

  • for you

    Tom, your a moron, you have not got a clue the founding fathers, UNLESS you mean Lennon or Marx

  • sad

    In the 1970’s it was global cooling caused by man, look it up in the old National Geographics.

    • Matt

      Don’t let the truth get in the way of a good crisis…

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