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    Democratic Support for EPA Regulation of Emissions Is Declining...

    03/09/2010

    Slowly but surely, Democratic support for the EPA’s regulation of greenhouse gases is waning.  Recently, West Virginia Democratic Sen. John Rockefeller introduced legislation that would prohibit the EPA from going forward with its regulation scheme for the next two years. Sen. Rockefeller, a coal state Democrat, contends that protecting jobs is vital, and that that is precisely what his EPA proof legislation intends to do. Politico reports that Sen. Rockefeller stated that his bill will,

    …safeguard jobs, the coal industry, and the entire economy.

    Many Republicans and coal state Democrats have expressed grave concerns about the economic implications of EPA’s regulatory proposal. The economies of coal dependent states are among some of the most vulnerable victims of potential EPA emission regulation. In other words, the degree to which this bureaucratic power grab could decrease productivity, growth, and employment is based on geographic location. Either way, what’s bad for some states, ends up being bad for the domestic economy as a whole.

    Senator Lisa Murkowski, who proposed the Murkowski Resolution, which aims to prevent the EPA from acquiring its backdoor power grab, commented on Sen. Rockefeller’s proposed legislation:

    Senator Rockefeller’s legislation is further evidence of the growing, bipartisan, and bicameral resistance to EPA’s back-door climate regulations...Given the overwhelming opposition to these actions, I’m hopeful that this bill will draw additional support and advance quickly.

    Regarding the increasingly negative sentiment that is percolating among Democrats over the proposed EPA regulations, Politico reports:

    Rep. Nick Rahall (D-WV) introduced companion legislation in the House, with coal state Democrats Reps. Alan Mollohan, of West Virginia, and Rick Boucher, of Virginia, as cosponsors.

    Politico also mentions:

    Sens. Mary Landrieu (D-La.), Ben Nelson (D-Neb.), and Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.) have signed on to another a disapproval resolution authored by Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) that would also attempt to stop the EPA rules.

    With the EPA’s CRU researched science recently having been discovered as tainted and manipulated, the EPA should be in no immediate rush to slow the economy with its proposed regulations. After all, doesn’t climate change regulation that is projected to stifle our already crippling economy seem irrational? Hasn’t our economy suffered enough over the past couple of years?

    The Murkowski Resolution will help you learn more about legislation that aims to prevent the EPA’s backdoor power grab. This is legislation that will safeguard American workers from the costly burden of more red tape.