[excerpt] Oklahoma U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe promotes global warming skepticism and his book at House hearing
Republicans aiming to bar the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating greenhouse gases.
......The concern of Republicans, who now control the House, is that the EPA is setting out to curb carbon emissions through a series of regulations, both for vehicles and stationary sources, such as power plants.
The U.S. Supreme Court effectively gave the EPA the authority to regulate carbon under the Clean Air Act, and the EPA took a major step toward that regulation with a finding that carbon, like the pollutants already regulated, poses a danger to human health.
Inhofe and two House Republicans, including the chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee, have drafted legislation that would effectively bar the EPA from issuing regulations to reduce carbon emissions.
Michigan Rep. Fred Upton, the Energy and Commerce Committee chairman, said regulations would raise energy prices and kill jobs.
But Democrats on the panel and EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson countered that the U.S. economy boomed in the 1990s after more stringent Clean Air Act amendments were approved.
The history of the Clean Air Act shows, Jackson said, that our economy can grow and thrive while we reduce pollution and increase energy efficiency.
Republicans invited representatives from several industries to testify about the harm EPA regulations would do. Jackson said agriculture wouldn’t be affected, but a witness for the American Farm Bureau Federation countered in written testimony that farmers and ranchers would be affected by anyway by increased energy costs.
Rep. John Sullivan, R-Tulsa, a member of the subcommittee, said in his statement that compliance costs would trickle down to the farming and ranching community, resulting in higher costs of production and food costs for American families, exactly what we don’t need in a struggling economy. [end excerpt]
Leftists will squeeze every drop of blood from a correlation vs causation scenario. They need to do this because economies work in spite of their schemes, not because of them.