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  • Rockefeller Takes on the EPA, Sort Of

    Yesterday, Senator John Rockefeller (D-WV) introduced legislation that he said would “safeguard jobs, the coal industry, and the entire economy.” Sounds like a pretty solid policy prescription for an ailing economy. What would his legislation do?

    …suspend, during the 2-year period beginning on the date of enactment of this Act, any Environmental Protection Agency action under the Clean Air Act with respect to carbon dioxide or methane pursuant to certain proceedings, other than with respect to motor vehicle emissions, and for other purposes.

    In English, it would prohibit the EPA from regulating carbon dioxide and methane emissions from stationary sources for two years. It is well understood that the EPA regulations threaten the economic vitality of our country and have already inhibited our ability to create jobs during the recession.

    What is interesting about Rockefeller’s approach is that EPA Administrator Jackson has assured him that no new sources will be forced to apply for permits until the “latter half of 2011.” In effect, Rockefeller’s two-year delay amounts to no more than nine-month delay.

    Delaying damaging regulations is not inherently bad, unless it undermines the process of eliminated the damaging regulations in their totality. The nine-month delay proposed by Rockefeller is likely to cannibalize support for a resolution offered Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) that would officially disapprove of the EPA’s endangerment finding and declare that rules stemming from the finding “shall have no force or effect.”

    Ironically, Senator Rockefeller’s position that “Congress, not the EPA, must be the ideal decision-maker” on the issue of global warming is undermined by his legislation. For Congress to have a serious, thoughtful debate on the science and economics of global warming legislation, the EPA’s regulatory threat cannot be looming.

    From an economic perspective, Rockefeller’s temporary delay will do little to settle the nerves of businesses that are waiting to make capital investments. “Uncertainty,” according to the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), “is the enemy of economic growth and investment, and Washington, D.C., the usual source of uncertainty, is delivering plenty of it.” A nine-month delay does not reduce the uncertainty associated with the EPA regulations.

    If Senators are serious about economic growth and job creation, they will disapprove of the EPA regulations. Anything less is a mere fig leaf.

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    4 Responses to Rockefeller Takes on the EPA, Sort Of

    1. Spiritof76, NH says:

      Republicans, file a bill to defund EPA permanently and turn in their budget for debt payment. File another bill preventing the federal government from grabbing state lands. Land within a state belongs to the state.

      File another bill under national securtiy, that all power plants that meet the emission standards of 1995 (global temp. has not increased from that point) can not be sued under any pretext in a federal court or state courts. Nuclear power plants must be licensed within a year. Once cleared, no more challenges and delaying tactics employed by Sierra Club and other such pests.

      Stop being soft and timid. We must get rid of all the parasites of our economy so that it can boom.

    2. Anna VA says:

      I am a West Virginian, I live in VA., but my heart is in the state of WV. I come from a family of coal miners, I am a coal miners daughter,sister and I was a wife of a coal miner.

      I just want to say to the people of WV…You must clean up the State oficials in WV, and Rockefeller and Senator Bird are not a Friend to Coal, they are with the radical far left of this adminastration, and are out to destroy this country! You must find true Americans who will stand up to these loons and fight for your rights as Americans and West Virginians. They know as a nation that we can not do with out fossil fuel. But remember one thing that the Unions have been loosing control of the coal industry since the 1980s, and I think all of this green movment is about the unions wanting to get back all control of our markets. So stop and think about how much the unions are now comming out with their radical vintum. They are with this government and are supporting the take over of this country.

      Now my reasons for bringing this up is..If the Gov. can take the coal industry down with regulation then the Unions will come in "which the Gov will let them" and take full control of the industy, then they will take more of your hard earned money with less protection, and you will be controled without any say! Is this what you want? I know WVs..You are a hard working independant minded people, so stand up and fight this take over!!!

    3. Deborah, Indiana says:

      Sounds as if "Spiritof76" should be running for some kind of office!!!

      Why can't the people with brains, get on the tickets, and elected?

      Yes, get rid of EPA, just for starters!!!!! Then, let's clean up the rest of the country!!!

    4. Michael Wendt, Lewis says:

      All such CO2 regulations result in the same thing… jobs and industries that burn CO2 producing fuels going elsewhere since the EPA's authority ends at our border.

      I would prefer to keep those industries here where we can at least make sure they keep it cleaner than they would if they move to where there are no environmental regulations.

      We all live on the same planet and every CO2 emission done on that planet affects everyone living here, for better or worse.

      Personally, I also prefer global warming to another ice age.

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