Peterson and Co. strike at EPA
By Juliet Eilperin
A bipartisan group of House members--Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin C. Peterson (D-Minn.), Armed Services Chairman Ike Skelton (D-Mo.) and Jo Ann Emerson (R-Mo.)--introduced a resolution of disapproval Friday that would block the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act.
Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) has already introduced a resolution that would overturn the EPA's finding that emissions linked to global warming endanger public health and welfare. The House resolution of disapproval is identical to the Murkowski's, which has the support of 41 senators.
"The EPA is trying to use unwarranted regulatory action to go after greenhouse gas emissions without seeking congressional approval," said Peterson, who backed a House-passed bill limiting greenhouse gases. "The Clean Air Act was never meant to be used for this but they're trying to do it anyway so Congress needs to act. Most everyone I've heard from about this thinks that elected officials -- not EPA bureaucrats -- should decide how to address our energy problems."
In January the three lawmakers introduced a different bill, HR 4572, that would have changed the law to prevent the EPA from regulating greenhouse gas emissions under the Clean Air Act. But Peterson said they decided to introduce a privileged resolution because "it's the most immediate legislative tool we have for stopping the EPA's unilateral regulatory actions."
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