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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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In 1969 the Cuyahoga River in Ohio caught fire due to industrial pollutants. People began to protest against pollution. They were also against the war in Vietnam and the draft.

The clean air act has been used to regulate sulphur emissions after a few lakes in New England were shown to be acidic from acid rain.

In 1986 Chernobyl melted down and then environmentalists shut down nuclear power plant construction in the United States, even though it is one of the cheap forms of electricity. France gets most of its power from nuclear plants.

Environmentalists shut down hydroelectric dam construction with protests dams are not natural. Brazil gets most of its power from dams and has been building wood powered steam boilers for electricity as cutting down the rain forest does not require carbon credits. Wood is renewable.

Now there are carbon protests. Coal, oil, and natural gas are carbon intensive.

There is concern most forms of energy might become illegal. 85% of the world's energy is from fossil fuels. Windmills and solar cells cannot be easily made in a carbon free enviroment as energy costs to manufacture soar. Tax credits for solar or wind implementation have worked in Germany and Japan for some conversion to renewable energy. The solar cells wear out within a few decades.

The government cannot get enough money to spend on what it wants now. It might have to give up spending to allow for tax cuts for gradual implementation of renewable energy systems.

Posted by: rainsong | February 27, 2010 4:46 PM
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