Skip to comments.Democrat slow learners wake up to EPA power grab ( CO2 Gas is a pollutant?)
Posted on 02/23/2010 2:14:59 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach
A few weeks ago, I noted that a trio of House Democrats proposed legislation to curtail the EPAs war on carbon.
Now, Senate Democrats are jumping on the bandwagon. Amazing what an election year, double-digit unemployment, and the Climategate-induced collapse of the global warming cult can do to turn the eco-hysteria tide:
Eight Democratic senators from industrial states are challenging the Environmental Protection Agencys authority to regulate pollution blamed for global warming.
In a letter written by Sen. Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia, the lawmakers said the agency lacks the power to restrict greenhouse gases from stationary sources such as power plants, factories and mines. The lawmakers said Congress not the EPA should address an issue with big implications for thousands of U.S. jobs and businesses.
Opposition to EPA regulations by Democrats could pose a serious blow to the Obama administrations effort to restrict heat-trapping greenhouse gases. While the administration is still pushing for Congress to pass a comprehensive climate bill this year, officials have not ruled out controlling greenhouse gases through regulation.
The letter to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson was signed by Democrats Mark Begich of Alaska, Robert Byrd of West Virginia, Sherrod Brown of Ohio, Bob Casey of Pennsylvania, Claire McCaskill of Missouri, Carl Levin of Michigan and Max Baucus of Montana.
The Democrats said they did not object to EPA regulation of emissions from cars and light trucks, but questioned the agencys ability to do anything further under the Clean Air Act. The letter asked Jackson to clarify the EPAs timetable and suspend any regulations for coal-fired utilities and other industrial facilities until Congress acts on climate and energy legislation.
Better late than never, I guess.
Related: Watch out for this Senate compromise climate bill proposal expected this week
A last-ditch attempt to kick-start stalled US climate legislation is expected to get underway this week with the long-awaited release of a compromise version of the controversial climate change bill that is currently facing stiff opposition in the Senate.
A bipartisan group of senators Democrat John Kerry, independent Joe Lieberman and Republican Lindsey Graham have been working for the past few months on a new draft of the legislation designed to secure support from moderate Republicans and Democrats from coal-rich states concerned about the impact the bills proposed emission cap-and-trade scheme will have on the economy.
According to Reuters reports, the senators are poised to present a range of compromise proposals this week. We will present senators with a number of options when they get back from recess, one Senate aide told the news agency.
Related: Exclusive Hot Air interview: Inhofe to release report blasting IPCC on Climategate.
First I heard of this,...sounds encouraging!
Aw! That’s just the coal in their veins talkin’!
The worlds largest private sector coal business, the Peabody Energy Company (PEC) has filed a mammoth 240-page Petition for Reconsideration, a full-blown legal challenge against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
The petition must be answered and covers the entire body of leaked emails from Climategate as well as those other gate revelations including the frauds allegedly perpetrated under such sub-headings as Himalayan Glaciers, African Agricultural Production, Amazon Rain Forests, Melting Mountain Ice, Netherlands Below Sea Level as well as those much-publicized abuses of the peer-review literature and so called gray literature. These powerful litigants also draw attention to the proven criminal conduct by climate scientists in refusing to honor Freedom of Information law (FOIA) requests.
Yes, Sen. Rockefeller (D <—HINT), but what ever shall we call this new to law take those responsibilities away from the EPA...
I know... Cap N’ Trade!!!
Yeah...we're all saved!
Action against EPA abuse by state/federal government:
The EPA - thank you, tricky Dick Nixon, you RINO pig - has zero authority to write law. Only congress may write law. Period. Conservative congress warned Tricky Dick that the fascist EPA would destroy property rights.
The solution, though, is simple - hang the fascist pigs at EPA. Oops. Not nice. Okay, defund the EPA swine and pass a bloody law stripping the EPA of law-making power.
The GOP is Hopeless....will we ever get rid of these RINOS???????
The clowns want to keep their plush easy live jobs. Good. Let them end up handing Gore and all the ilk that for so long pretended to be some form of scientist(?) or public servant trial sentences. Off to jail with a few hundred of them, and a total shut down of all carbon trading world wide. To many people that are breathing my air should be either shot, hung, or both, pick the order, or shoved into deep holes in the ground like some of those century old Turkish prisons to rot.
Well, well, well. Senator Casey finally got one right. Maybe he remembered how much coal is deposited in PA.
And was just watching this...trying to find the rest of it...:
Talks about the propaganda efforts in selling Global Warming and...CO2 ...and thus Carbon as the cause....
After I read this post, I tried to find the transcript from a John Kerry speech, but no luck. He was addressing some lefty organization and told them that the EPA was going to aggressively over-regulate states in the attempt to create a backlash from the states. The idea was then to have the Senate come to the rescue...to save the states from the evil EPA. And then they would use the opportunity to pass CAP n' Trade.
And Kerry also said he was working with “Loverboy” Graham on the plan.
They should! Make the EPA and the star of the show prove it in court. Let Al tell a judge the science is settled.