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House passes bill forcing analysis, delay of pending EPA rules (“will kill 25,000 Americans")
The Hill ^ | 9/23/11 | Ben Geman and Pete Kasperowicz

Posted on 09/24/2011 3:19:12 AM PDT by Libloather

House passes bill forcing analysis, delay of pending EPA rules
By Ben Geman and Pete Kasperowicz - 09/23/11 01:38 PM ET

The House on Friday approved legislation that would set up an interagency committee charged with assessing the impact of Environmental Protection Agency rules on U.S. economic competitiveness, and also delay two EPA rules until several years that analysis is complete.

Democrats railed against the bill throughout debate on Thursday and Friday, saying it represents the latest attempt by Republicans to advance an anti-environment agenda. But Republicans said the bill would not block any rule indefinitely, and that some economic assessment of EPA rules is needed in light of the increasing frequency of these rules under the Obama administration.

The partisan split over the so-called TRAIN Act — Transparency in Regulatory Analysis of Impacts on the Nation, H.R. 2401 — was seen in the 249-169 mostly party-line vote for the bill. It was supported by 19 Democrats, some of whom come from coal-producing states that have recoiled against various environmental rules.

During Thursday debate on the bill, Democrats said delaying pending EPA regulations on mercury and air pollution would lead directly to adverse and measurable health effects and deaths.

“Each year these rules will prevent tens of thousands of premature deaths, tens of thousands of heart attacks and hundreds of thousands of asthma attacks,” House Energy and Commerce Committee ranking member Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) said on the House floor. “[They] will also prevent almost 2 million lost work days.”

Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) went further, saying the bill to delay EPA rules “will kill 25,000 Americans every year” by increasing the incidence of lung cancer and other diseases.

The bill creates a Commerce Department-led interagency panel to review a suite of EPA rules on air pollution and other issues. The new Committee for the Cumulative Analysis of Regulations that Impact Energy and Manufacturing in the United States would study the rules’ effect on U.S. economic competitiveness, energy prices, employment and other areas.

It would also mandate multi-year delays of two rules: a recently finalized rule to cut interstate power plant emissions that worsen ozone and particulate pollution, and an upcoming rule to cut mercury and other air toxics from power plants.

Just before the final vote, the House attached several Republican amendments that broaden the sweep of the bill even further. One, from Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-Ky.), would add minimum delays for the power plant rules for years beyond what the underlying bill already requires, and force EPA to rewrite them.

It would also prevent a rewritten cross-state rule from being finalized for roughly four years at a minimum, and provide another three years for implementation. And it would prevent rewritten power plant air-toxics rules from coming into force for more than six years at a minimum, and alter the way EPA must craft the air-toxics standards in a way that Democrats allege would badly weaken them.

Members also accepted GOP amendments that add gasoline and Portland cement regulations to the scope of the bill, but rejected several substantive Democratic amendments.

During the floor debate, Whitfield said delaying the power plant regulations is needed as the country faces a persistently sour economy, arguing that “uncertainty about the plethora of EPA regulations coming down the road” is hindering recovery.

Whitfield, who hails from a coal-producing state, accused EPA of “trying to drive the coal industry out of business.”

But defenders of EPA’s rules allege the measure would gut vital public health protections, and reject claims that regulations are a brake on economic growth.

“For more than 40 years, since the Nixon administration, [EPA] has carried out its mission and established a proven track record that a healthy environment and economic growth are not mutually exclusive,” EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson said in testimony submitted to a House panel this week.

The bill is unlikely to advance in the Senate and faces a veto threat if it were to land on President Obama’s desk.

But Republicans, heading into 2012, are nonetheless using the measure to draw a political contrast with the White House, alleging that Obama’s regulatory agenda is costing jobs. GOP leaders plan to bring several bills to the floor in coming weeks and months to delay and soften other EPA regulations, such as air-toxics standards for industrial boilers and cement plants.

EPA critics already scored a major victory early this month when the president overruled the agency and shelved upcoming ozone standards, which will now be reconsidered in 2013.

Obama’s decision was a bitter defeat for environmental groups. But the White House is pledging to defend other regulations, such as the power plant air-toxics standards.


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KEYWORDS: bill; epa; house; rules
“will kill 25,000 Americans every year”

I would like an analysis on that spew, please.

1 posted on 09/24/2011 3:19:21 AM PDT by Libloather
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To: Libloather
“Each year these rules will prevent tens of thousands of premature deaths, tens of thousands of heart attacks and hundreds of thousands of asthma attacks,” House Energy and Commerce Committee ranking member Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) said on the House floor http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2782829/posts

Obama Administration to Ban Asthma Inhalers Over Environmental Concerns

I'm sure Henry'll get right on that.

2 posted on 09/24/2011 3:25:00 AM PDT by Darkwolf377 (undecided)
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To: Libloather
“will kill 25,000 Americans every year”

Please document the dead Americans from this and previous years that the new standards were not in effect.

3 posted on 09/24/2011 3:25:20 AM PDT by jimfree (In 2012 Sarah Palin will have more quality executive experience than Barack Obama.)
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To: Libloather

What good is the environment if there are no jobs?

Let me put this so that even Democrats can understand it.

If there are no jobs there is no salary for you to tax.
Put anough people out of work and who will pay for you to keep living your lifestyle as a politician?


4 posted on 09/24/2011 3:43:03 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: Darkwolf377

You mean my mother would be alive today if these rules had been passed 15 years ago? Who knew?


5 posted on 09/24/2011 3:47:20 AM PDT by Louis Foxwell (O assumes the trappings of the presidency, not its mantle. He is not presidential.)
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To: Libloather

The EPA is one of Obama’s coveted attack dogs in his War On Freedom. The EPA needs to be eliminated. It is useful for nothing.


6 posted on 09/24/2011 4:06:28 AM PDT by BuffaloJack (Defeat Obama. End the War On Freedom.)
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To: BuffaloJack
All these agencies and thier csars are under zero's control neutering the United States Congress and it's people
7 posted on 09/24/2011 4:12:20 AM PDT by ronnie raygun (V)
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To: Libloather

Passed by th eHouse and will never be passed in the Senate and BO would never sign anyway so totally useless until the Senate is under the control of sane people and BO is back in Kenya.


8 posted on 09/24/2011 4:26:23 AM PDT by maddog55 (OBAMA: Why stupid people shouldn't vote.)
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To: Libloather

Politicians are some of the dumbest SOB’s on the face of the earth, yet, they convince themselves and too many others that they are among the brightest no matter the subject.


9 posted on 09/24/2011 4:30:52 AM PDT by Post5203 (Our political class have sullied a good man's name...Washington)
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To: Libloather

I wonder how many asthmatic Americans will die because they will no longer be able to get over-the-=counter inhalers?

If even one, I hope Waxman experiences their agony as part of his own after death life review.


10 posted on 09/24/2011 4:41:37 AM PDT by silverleaf (Common sense is not so common - Voltaire)
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To: Libloather
...saying it represents the latest attempt by Republicans to advance an anti-environment agenda...

Aw dang it! I'm busted again. Just the other day, I was talking with my buddies about dumping some DDT right in the middle of town.

11 posted on 09/24/2011 5:33:10 AM PDT by VRW Conspirator (The unemployment problem only can be solved when Obama is unemployed.)
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To: VRW Conspirator

“During Thursday debate on the bill, Democrats said delaying pending EPA regulations on mercury and air pollution would lead directly to adverse and measurable health effects and deaths.”

As they did in 2010, 2009, 2008...........

Mercury levels are down in the US. Pollution levels are down in the US. However they are going up in China and other nations that are going through a heavy industrialization period.

This is another Gibson. Punish American companies while foreign companies grow uninhibited.


12 posted on 09/24/2011 5:48:10 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (Sarahcuda in 2012. Nothing but Net!!!)
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To: VRW Conspirator

“During Thursday debate on the bill, Democrats said delaying pending EPA regulations on mercury and air pollution would lead directly to adverse and measurable health effects and deaths.”

As they did in 2010, 2009, 2008...........

Mercury levels are down in the US. Pollution levels are down in the US. However they are going up in China and other nations that are going through a heavy industrialization period.

This is another Gibson. Punish American companies while foreign companies grow uninhibited.


13 posted on 09/24/2011 5:56:22 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (Sarahcuda in 2012. Nothing but Net!!!)
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To: Libloather

Living in the dark when the grid goes down from lack of coal fired power plants will kill a lot more than 25,000. But then thats probably the plan.


14 posted on 09/24/2011 6:48:49 AM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Libloather
"Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) went further, saying the bill to delay EPA rules “will kill 25,000 Americans every year"

And how many Americans do your beloved abortions kill each year?

15 posted on 09/24/2011 11:56:34 AM PDT by NoGrayZone ("Islamophobia: The irrational fear of being beheaded." Andrew Klavan of PJTV)
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To: All
Never mind, found out myself.....

UNITED STATES

Number of abortions per year: 1.37 Million (1996)

16 posted on 09/24/2011 12:00:39 PM PDT by NoGrayZone ("Islamophobia: The irrational fear of being beheaded." Andrew Klavan of PJTV)
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