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Congress must vote limit the EPA regulation of CO2

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The Hill Newspaper reports that EPA administrator Lisa Jackson is warning of climate doom if the GOP manages to get legislation passed which would prohibit her agency with using regulations to control CO2 emissions even though Congress failed to pass Cap and Trade legislation during the first two years of the Obama administration. Congress faces an uphill battle getting legislation past the 60 vote threshold in the Senate which will prevent a Presidential veto, but we must hope that enough Democrats realize that additional EPA regulations against a bogus pollutant will once again damage the economy. One would think the real goal of the President and his fanatics at the EPA is to destroy the American economy.

EPA chief: History will judge Congress harshly if climate rules are axed

By Ben Geman 04/02/11 01:26 PM ET

EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson said history will not be kind to Congress if lawmakers kill climate change rules, because they would be overruling scientists in the process.

The House and Senate will vote as soon as next week on GOP-led bills that strip EPA’s power to regulate greenhouse gases from power plants, refineries and other sources.

“The biggest criticism that I’ve leveled – and I’ve done it in my hearing testimony – is that what the current efforts do is overrule scientists on a scientific finding. Congress is essentially passing a law that says, ‘We, a bunch of lawmakers, have decided what the science is on this issue,’” Jackson said in a Time magazine interview published Friday.

“And that to me is what this Congress could be remembered for, more than anything else. History will forget a lot of the day-to-day, inside the beltway discussions about riders and budget and trying to get rid of or de-fund the EPA, but I don’t think that history will forget the first time that politicians made a law to overrule scientists,” Jackson added.

The bills to block EPA rules would repeal the agency’s “endangerment finding” in 2009 that greenhouses gases threaten human health and welfare.

The finding is the underpinning for EPA regulations under a 2007 Supreme Court ruling, which found that greenhouse gases are pollutants under the Clean Air Act that EPA is bound to regulate if it finds they’re a threat.

The consensus view among scientists is that the planet is warming and human activities – including the burning of coal and oil – are a major reason why.

The House is slated to vote next week on House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton’s (R-Mich.) bill to block EPA regulations that Republicans and some Democrats call an economic burden.

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