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Sen. Lincoln responds; EPA faces more legal challenges

By Juliet Eilperin

Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.) is undeterred by the recent Sierra Club radio attack ad that criticizes her efforts to halt the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating greenhouse gases.

"Senator Lincoln acted on behalf of Arkansas workers, employers and consumers to protect them from burdensome regulation," said her spokeswoman Katie Laning Niebaum. "That's why more than two dozen businesses and agricultural groups either based in Arkansas or with ties to the state supported Senator Lincoln's efforts to prevent EPA's overreach of regulatory powers." 

The statement comes as the American Iron and Steel Institute filed a legal challenge Tuesday to the EPA's finding that greenhouse gases endanger public health and welfare.

"We believe that climate change is a global problem that can only be addressed effectively on a global basis," Thomas J. Gibson, the association's president. "This must be the guiding principle if we are to actually lower CO2 emissions globally and do so without lessening the competitiveness of U.S. manufacturers in the global marketplace."

"EPA's move to regulate greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act will not address the global dimension of the climate change issue, but will place significant new burdens on steel manufacturers in the United States," Gibson continued. "This will unilaterally raise our costs, while allowing our overseas competitors to continue to increase their emissions. The result would be no environmental gain, but significant additional economic pain, including further elimination of valuable American manufacturing jobs."

If you want to see the EPA's response to some of these criticisms, they're available online.


Juliet Eilperin

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Juliet Eilperin is an environmental advocate. She is probably a Progressive Democrat too.

Obviously, she wouldn’t have a job with the "Post Carbon Planet Panel" if she objectively reported on the Scam of Global Warming. Journalism is dead in America. The only thing we get now are advocates like Julie here. It is quite sad actually.

Posted by: Senator_Salesman | February 16, 2010 10:21 PM
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Geologists found that during the Late Pleistocene and Holocene eras (past 20,000 years) there was a sea level rise of 120 meters. That is about a quarter inch a year. At times the sea level rise was very rapid. This warming was not linked to carbon dioxide levels.

We need hydrocarbon fuels as they are 85% of the world's energy.

Posted by: rainsong | February 16, 2010 8:18 PM
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