Policymakers Standing Up to Imperial EPA on Climate Policy

By February 3, 2010Energy, Global Warming

A bipartisan trio of House members on Tuesday introduced a bill to prevent the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating greenhouse gas emissions.

Reps. Ike Skelton (D-MO), Collin C. Peterson (D-MN), and Jo Anne Emerson (R-MO) introduced H.R. 4572, which would also amend the 2007 Energy Bill to stop EPA from calculating land use changes in foreign countries in determining American renewable fuels policy, and would broaden the definition of renewable biomass.

“Simply put, we cannot tolerate turning over the regulation of greenhouse gas emissions to unelected bureaucrats at EPA,” Skelton said. “America’s energy and environmental policies should be set by Congress.”

The presence of two chairmen, Skelton of House Armed Services, and Peterson of House Agriculture, underscores the rising level of Congressional opposition to the Imperial EPA’s attempt to supersede the policymaking branch of government. The sponsors and the place the bill was announced — the Missouri Rural Electric Cooperative State Legislative Conference — also reinforce the broad nature of that opposition: Rural lawmakers, farm groups and the rural electric cooperatives are resisting.

President Obama conceded in New Hampshire yesterday that the cap-and-trade legislation he supports lacks the Senate votes for passage. But there remains the circumvention of policymaking through the EPA, a topic he did not discuss at his townhall meeting. (Although he invoked the Clean Air Act when talking about acid rain.)

As Rep. Peterson said in his statement: “[Elected] officials should be making these types of decisions, not unelected bureaucrats at the EPA. I’m proud to help sponsor this bill because if Congress doesn’t do something soon, the EPA is going to cram these regulations through all on their own.”

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