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US Reps from Mo. to propose blocking EPA gas rules
Associated Press ^ | February 2, 2010 | Chris Blank

Posted on 02/03/2010 3:01:12 AM PST by reaganaut1

Two congressional members from Missouri said Tuesday that they plan to file legislation blocking the Environmental Protection Agency from developing its own greenhouse gas rules.

U.S. Reps. Ike Skelton, a Democrat, and Jo Ann Emerson, a Republican, sharply criticized federal environmental regulators and warned that because EPA officials are not elected, the agency is not accountable to the farmers, business owners and other Missouri residents who could be hurt.

The EPA had concluded in December that that emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases represent a danger to public health, which allows it to consider rules limiting them. That decision stems from a 2007 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that found greenhouse gases are air pollutants under federal clean-air laws.

But the two Missouri lawmakers say Congress did not intend to give the EPA the authority to regulate greenhouse gases through the Clean Air Act.

"The EPA is controlled by bureaucrats who are not elected and are responsible only to the head of the EPA who is from New Jersey," said Skelton, who represents central and western Missouri. "And I doubt that they understand mid-America, the Midwest, agriculture and what our farmers need to continue to do a good job for our country."

The EPA has said scientific evidence demonstrates that greenhouse gases "threaten the public health and welfare of the American people" and that the pollutants — mainly carbon dioxide from burning fossil fuels — should be reduced. That could be done by Congress or by the EPA.

EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, who was chief of staff for New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine, has said there were no further excuses for delaying and that agency was "obligated to make reasonable efforts to reduce greenhouse pollutants."

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Front Page News; Government; US: Alaska; US: Minnesota; US: Missouri; US: North Dakota
KEYWORDS: 111th; agenda; alaska; bho44; bhoepa; co2; energy; epa; ikeskelton; joannemerson; minnesota; missouri; naturalgas; northdakota; skelton
Skelton's press release is here.
1 posted on 02/03/2010 3:01:13 AM PST by reaganaut1
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To: steelyourfaith

global warming ping


2 posted on 02/03/2010 3:01:50 AM PST by reaganaut1
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To: reaganaut1; WL-law; Para-Ord.45; Desdemona; Little Bill; IrishCatholic; mmanager; enough_idiocy; ...
Thanx !

 


Beam me to Planet Gore !

3 posted on 02/03/2010 3:09:39 AM PST by steelyourfaith (FReepers were opposed to Obama even before it was cool to be against Obama.)
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To: reaganaut1

http://z.about.com/d/workingmoms/1/0/r/1/-/-/JacksonJeffHaynesGetty500x376.jpg

The buck stops at this bureaucrat.


4 posted on 02/03/2010 3:20:17 AM PST by wita
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To: reaganaut1

The EPA is doing what Bamalamadingdong tells them to do.

He thinks he has a dictatorship here and it’s up to Congress to inform him he does not.


5 posted on 02/03/2010 4:21:46 AM PST by Venturer
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To: reaganaut1
Article 1 Section 1, "All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States," was repealed by Scotus in 2001.

In Whitman v. American Trucking the court effectively ruled that administrative agencies can execute executive, legislative and judicial powers.

It is a win/win for pols and bureaucrats. The pols get to slough off the unpopular issues and look like heroes as they combat the evil bureaucrats, while the EPA can wage radical environmental jihad without worrying about those pesky voters.

6 posted on 02/03/2010 4:46:46 AM PST by Jacquerie (We live in a Judicial Tyranny - Mark Levin)
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To: Just another Joe

Missouri ping for your discretion sir.


7 posted on 02/03/2010 5:07:46 AM PST by Artemis Webb (Class of '98 needs no sarcasm tags!)
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To: reaganaut1

“...EPA officials are not elected, the agency is not accountable to the farmers, business owners and other Missouri residents who could be hurt.”

Gee, you think so? Congress is the only branch of government that has illegally given away its legislative power and does nothing about it. Unelected bureaucrats writing law is a common feature of dictatorships. No law or rule passed by unaccountable bureaucrats is legal. Period.

Congress can no more give away its legislative power than obuma can grant his war-making power to Bill Ayers.

We are living in a federal bureaucratic dictatorship and have been since the 1930s. Sooner or later we will need to deal with this dictatorship because our gutless congress won’t.


8 posted on 02/03/2010 5:13:48 AM PST by sergeantdave
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To: sergeantdave

Instead of yapping about who has the power to regulate C02, congress should just cut the money off to the point that the EPA can do no more than keep people from dumping in the rivers and lakes.


9 posted on 02/03/2010 5:21:28 AM PST by old curmudgeon
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To: old curmudgeon

“congress should just cut the money off to the point that the EPA can do no more than keep people from dumping in the rivers and lakes.”

Not enough. The EPA is a subversive organization filled with crypto-nazis, and every one of them should be hanged for sedition. As for keeping people from dumping in rivers and lakes, the EPA thugs abuse that, too. The EPA grossly and publicly defied the Supreme Court SWANCC decision. It illegally ignored congress and wrote rules to trump congressional intent concerning navigable waterways.

Read Rapanos v US.


10 posted on 02/03/2010 5:56:22 AM PST by sergeantdave
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To: sergeantdave
Actually I agree.

I doubt that it can be done in one fell swoop.

We will be lucky to get any reduction in power at all.

However, I agree with you. It is my belief that the EPA has done more damage to this country's economy than Freddie Mac, Fannie May and all of the real estate scams.

The difference is that it is so under the radar, so insidious that the public and even most industry does not realize what is happening.

11 posted on 02/03/2010 6:08:57 AM PST by old curmudgeon
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To: reaganaut1

RE:”scientific evidence demonstrates that greenhouse gases ‘threaten the public health and welfare of the American people’”

Still using CRU data to justify global scam????


12 posted on 02/03/2010 6:29:28 AM PST by Missouri gal
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To: Artemis Webb; 1stMarylandRegiment; 47carollann; A Citizen Reporter; A Cyrenian; adrian; AFLoggie; ..
Missouri ping

Low volume ping list

FReepmail me to be on, or off, this list.

At least a couple of our Reps are trying to do SOMETHING.
I don't know if that's a good or bad thing.

13 posted on 02/03/2010 8:06:12 AM PST by Just another Joe (Warning: FReeping can be addictive and helpful to your mental health)
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To: Artemis Webb; 1stMarylandRegiment; 47carollann; A Citizen Reporter; A Cyrenian; adrian; AFLoggie; ..
Missouri ping

Low volume ping list

FReepmail me to be on, or off, this list.

At least a couple of our Reps are trying to do SOMETHING.
I don't know if that's a good or bad thing.

14 posted on 02/03/2010 8:06:40 AM PST by Just another Joe (Warning: FReeping can be addictive and helpful to your mental health)
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To: All

Sorry for the double ping.
Darn slow internet.


15 posted on 02/03/2010 8:09:24 AM PST by Just another Joe (Warning: FReeping can be addictive and helpful to your mental health)
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To: Just another Joe

Thanks for the ping! Skelton is reacting to the Democrat election losses in VA, NJ and MA. He voted for cap and tax and knows he has to rehabilitate himself before November.


16 posted on 02/03/2010 8:23:13 AM PST by Ben Hecks
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To: reaganaut1
The hot news on this subject is Obama's budget. The money will flow thru EPA to the states as grants.

And as Inhofe pointed out, everything will be delayed in the courts.

But, in the meantime, the states will have use of the money.

Keep in mind, the upper echelon at the EPA are from state agencies.

17 posted on 02/03/2010 8:27:34 AM PST by Ben Ficklin
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To: Just another Joe

It’s a good thing. Emerson is my representative, and she is very responsive to her constituents.

Ike is a democrat that is like a dog with a bone, if he is going to fight the EPA, he is not going to be a wimp.


18 posted on 02/03/2010 8:39:09 AM PST by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: reaganaut1; Jet Jaguar; NorwegianViking; ExTexasRedhead; HollyB; FromLori; ...

The list, ping


19 posted on 02/03/2010 8:45:15 AM PST by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: Ben Hecks

That IS the ONLY reason he’s doing it.


20 posted on 02/03/2010 9:24:00 AM PST by painter (No wonder democrats don't mind taxes.THEY DON'T PAY THEM !)
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To: Jacquerie
It is a win/win for pols and bureaucrats. The pols get to slough off the unpopular issues and look like heroes as they combat the evil bureaucrats, while the EPA can wage radical environmental jihad without worrying about those pesky voters.

I have never seen this dreadful truth expressed better than this. That is a concise explanation, beautifully stated, perfectly on target.

21 posted on 02/03/2010 10:16:48 AM PST by Judith Anne (Holy Mary, Mother of God, please pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death.)
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To: reaganaut1

Skelton voted for Cap & Trade.
This is just window dressing.


22 posted on 02/03/2010 11:34:27 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (Impeachment !)
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To: Artemis Webb

I must say I have been rather proud of MOST of our Missouri reps lately.

I think it’s time to bring back the “SHOW ME” state and the kicking Missouri mule.


23 posted on 02/03/2010 1:54:12 PM PST by Steve Newton (Pappy)
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To: Just another Joe

Ike Skelton and Emerson are Democrats trying to salvage a chance at re-election. It won’t work. The past few votes they have registered were their end of usefulness to Missourians.


24 posted on 02/03/2010 4:43:17 PM PST by o_zarkman44 (Obama is the ultimate LIE!)
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To: o_zarkman44

Correct me on Emerson, she is a RINO.......hard to tell the difference from a Rat.


25 posted on 02/03/2010 4:44:49 PM PST by o_zarkman44 (Obama is the ultimate LIE!)
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To: Just another Joe

looks like a good thing.....Ike Skelton (D) is one of the co-signers.....so I think it has some chance to get somewhere.


26 posted on 02/03/2010 7:41:44 PM PST by rface
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