GOP Set to Resist EPA Rules on Global Warming, Op-Ed Declares

Wednesday, 29 Dec 2010 04:26 PM

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House Republicans are ready to battle the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to reverse or delay new climate-change regulations, according to an Op-Ed piece in The Wall Street Journal. The EPA’s new climate-change rules will impede economic recovery, and the only solution is for Congress to overturn the proposed greenhouse gas regulations outright, according to Tuesday’s article, which incoming Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton, R-Mich., co-wrote with Americans for Prosperity’s Tim Phillips.

climate change, Upton, Washington Post, Op-Ed, Republicans“If Democrats refuse to join Republicans in doing so, then they should at least join a sensible bipartisan compromise to mandate that the EPA delay its regulations until the courts complete their examination of the agency's endangerment finding and proposed rules," Upton and Phillips wrote, addingm “There is no way to know whether two years will be sufficient time for the courts to complete their work.”

A federal appeals court denied a motion this to delay the rules, which are set to roll out on Jan. 2.

Calling the controversial EPA rules “an unconstitutional power grab that will kill millions of jobs — unless Congress steps in,” Upton and Phillips questioned whether carbon even needs regulating. House Republicans are promising a fight if the Obama administration moves forward with any carbon crackdown, they said.

“The EPA has its foot firmly on the throat of our economic recovery,” Upton said of the EPA’s “long regulatory assault” against domestic energy producers. “We will not allow the administration to regulate what they have been unable to legislate

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