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Committee Passes Bill Declaring Greenhouse Gases "Not Air Pollutants"

March 15, 2011 - by Donny Shaw

Republicans in Congress have moved one step closer to taking away the Environmental Protection Agency’s authority to regulate the greenhouse gases that are responsible for climate change. This afternoon, by a vote of 34-19, the House Energy and Commerce Committee approved the so-called Energy Tax Prevention Act of 2011 that would amend the Clear Air to state that seven specific greenhouse gases, plus “any other substance subject to, or proposed to be subject to, regulation, action, or consideration under [the Clean Air Act] to address climate change,” are not “air pollutants,” and, therefore, can not be regulated by the EPA. The bill now goes to the full House for a vote on passage.

In the Senate, Republicans are moving parallel legislation, and they already have some Democrats supporting their efforts. According to Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Sen. Jeff Bingaman [D, NM], if the Republicans play their cards right, they may have the votes to pass this through the Senate and even override a presidential veto:

“I think the votes are there to uphold a presidential veto, if it comes to that,” Mr. Bingaman said. “But I’m not certain.”

Meanwhile, congressional Republicans are moving forward with their Roadmap for America’s Future Energy Act, which includes some controversial proposals that have won favor with some Democrats and President Obama — namely the expansion of offshore drilling and nuclear power plants. Read the full text of the Republicans’ energy roadmap bill here.

While we’re on the topic of energy, take a second to follow the money. Here’s OpenSecrets’ profile of the oil and gas industry’s political giving, dominated, of course, by the Koch Brothers’ huge support for Republican candidates. And here’s an OpenSecrets’ blog post outlining all the ways the nuclear industry has been buying influence with members of Congress from both parties.

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  • KyleAbbott 03/15/2011 12:55pm

    Well, I guess if the EPA prohibits the polluting of our atmosphere by Greenhouse Gases, we can all hold our breath!

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  • HildaSuf 03/20/2011 10:48pm

    Cap and trade HR2454 was apparently too much for people to allow this atrocity, so the EPA got control over the “carbon crisis” – the EPA should have no right to mandate – they are supposed to monitor. Towns are getting unfunded mandates dumped on them by the EPA, in my town $15.00 has been added onto our utility/water bill for an unfunded EPA mandate the amount will progressively increase.
    Many things are happening that aren’t done in a country represented by citizen vote; citizen vote/concerns seems to be bypassed – we now have a healthcare tax/fine to be dumped on us – the funding seems to be a part of the bill, so whatever the Republicans’ do – they can’t defund the bill. Hopefully the Supreme Court will consider the many people that have, and will suffer because of the misnamed healthcare “reform” bill.
    Please contact the Supreme Court to express your concerns about the healthscare bill/tax.

  • HildaSuf 03/20/2011 10:50pm

    - GREEN MAKE BELIEVE: Van Jones Admits Left is ‘PRETENDING’ Need for Regulations in Green Movement – VIDEO – Dec 21, 2010 In this video he is encouraging young folks to go to the EPA, and Congress and show your support for the carbon tax/cap and trade. He states there are only 3 options regulation, tax, or permits. Apparently he is saying the carbon [crisis] is damaging the planet; and by not taxing people to put an end to this horrendous atrocity, thereby providing environmentally friendly, [federal,union, and public service] jobs for people, the economy will suffer.

  • HildaSuf 03/20/2011 10:51pm

    newsmax-com China’s CO2 Emissions Confirm Kyoto Critics’ Fears 3 13 2011 “…“This means that even if the U.S. and the entire Western Hemisphere immediately and completely eliminated all carbon dioxide emissions, the growth in Chinese emissions alone would likely render this action moot within a decade,”…“China, moreover, has made it very clear it will not agree to carbon dioxide restrictions.” Reducing U.S. emissions by producing less power from fossil fuels would force consumers to rely on more expensive alternative sources such as wind and solar power, resulting in “very painful economic consequences,” …Solar thermal power, for instance, will be 208 percent more expensive than natural gas by 2016, the U.S. Energy Information Administration estimates… “Attempting to fight global warming by restricting U.S. greenhouse gas emissions is therefore both ineffective and painfully costly.”

  • HildaSuf 03/20/2011 10:52pm

    There is more MISinformation in current bills/”reforms” than carter has pills. – ANY QUESTION ABOUT GLOBAL WARMING OR CLIMATE CHANGE – THE ANSWER IS PROBABLY HERE – EASY TO READ AND UNDERSTAND
    *heritage-org/Research The EPA’s Global Warming Regulation Plans January 20, 2010 – “… The EPA’s attempt to regulate carbon dioxide (CO2), in addition to being the most expensive and expansive environmental regulation in history, would bypass the legislative process completely. Congress should amend the Clean Air Act in order to prevent unelected government bureaucrats from bankrupting the nation…”

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