An article in the New York Times Friday said the EPA is overstepping their bounds with their new finding about CO2 and are attempting to do an end run around Congress. It is a blatant move that usurps Congressional powers, so blatant that even Democrats are stepping up to the plate to put an end to this.
Two top House Democrats introduced a measure yesterday aimed at blocking U.S. EPA’s authority to regulate greenhouse gases, mirroring the controversial effort launched on the Senate side by Alaska Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski.
The measure from Agriculture Chairman Collin Peterson (Minn.) and Missouri’s Ike Skelton was also co-sponsored by Missouri Republican Jo Ann Emerson. Their resolution (pdf)aims to use the Congressional Review Act to effectively veto EPA’s finding that greenhouse gases endanger human health and welfare.
“When Congress passed the Clean Air Act, it never gave EPA the explicit authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions for the purpose of stopping global climate change,” Skelton said in a statement. “But, that is exactly what EPA has proposed to do.”
Democrats Travis Childers of Mississippi and Charlie Wilson of Ohio signed on as co-sponsors after the measure was introduced, Skelton spokesman William Chapman said.
But many observers say efforts to block EPA using the Congressional Review Act would face a tough battle clearing the Democratic-led Congress and would face a veto from President Obama.
This all sounds good, but the reality of the situation is you have a President who still believes in Anthropogenic Global Warming and many Democrats in both the House and Senate who feel the same way:
“Right now, this is a symbolic act by these House members,” Weiss said. Even if they somehow got a vote in the House and cleared the Senate, the president would veto the measure, and proponents are not going to get the two-thirds majority needed, he added.
There are other moves afoot to stop the EPA:
Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) announced last week that he will introduce a more limited legislative plan that would delay EPA’s stationary source regulations for six to 12 months beyond what the agency is planning.
And in the House, Rep. Earl Pomeroy (D-N.D.) has introduced a bill(pdf) to strip EPA of its authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions unless it receives explicit authority to do so by Congress.
I sincerely hope that the Congress will awaken and see the EPA’s move for what it is, which is another power grab by a government agency.
I am happy to see that the MSM is starting to see there is a problem and starting to report on these things.
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