Dems Caving In Everywhere You Turn

by Paul Chesser, Heartland Institute Correspondent on January 27, 2010

in Blog

Rep. Earl Pomeroy, North Dakota Democrat, writes today that he’s had enough of EPA’s efforts to regulate CO2:

It is time to end the irresponsible game of chicken being played with the future of energy regulation in this country. Those in favor of sweeping new regulations on our economy to address the issue of global warming are demanding that Congress quickly pass a “cap-and-trade” bill on greenhouse gas emissions or face a battery of new mandates to be developed and imposed by the Environmental Protection Agency. This type of legislative extortion is not an appropriate strategy to pass any bill in Congress — especially a complicated and far-reaching cap-and-trade proposal that could have a dire impact on North Dakota.

Agencies like the EPA would normally be prohibited from jumping out in front of congressional action under the Constitution of the United States. However, the Supreme Court has ruled that the EPA can use a statute passed 20 years ago — the Clean Air Act — even though that law was written to address acid rain, not greenhouse gas emissions. Throughout this Congress, the cap-and-trade crowd has worked cheek to jowl with the EPA to try and pass this bill. Whenever a critical point in the legislative process has been reached, more rumblings would burst forth from the EPA regarding potential administrative action, just to make certain all were aware of what was in store if proposed legislation stalled out.

Looks like Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski may get more Democratic support for her motion to halt EPA than originally thought.

Hat tip: My Heartland Institute colleague Peter Fotos.

joseph nowak February 1, 2010 at 9:32 am

the only states that dont want EPA to enforce the law are states with carbon intrests oil, coal and gas .they only think about one thing that is GREED .what the EPA stand for if your carbon suckers want to pollute it is the job of the EPA to protect the the air i breath

Eve February 6, 2010 at 12:51 pm

Joeseph, it is the job of the EPA to protect the air you breathe and they should do that job. However, the EPA now wants to control the amount of C02 in the atmosphere, something which is impossibe for the EPA or anyone to do. The EPA will spend huge amounts of money attempting to do the impossible.

C02 is breathed in by plant life which exhales oxygen which we and all animal life inhale and then exhale C02. It may surprise you to learn that our present atmosphere is the planet's third atmosphere. There was no oxygen in the atmosphere until plant life had exhaled enough oxygen for animal life to develop. C02 in the atmosphere has been 20 times higher in the past. It is that C02 which allowed plant life to grow rapidly. At present, the increasing C02 in the atmosphere is allowing plant life to grow more rapidly. The planet is recovering from the last ice age and hopefully will continue to recover until we go into another ice age and the cycle starts again.

Gary Pate February 6, 2010 at 11:54 pm

It is time for Congress to show some backbone & stop this out of control agency. How many more millions of jobs will we lose over this junk science?

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