Republicans Play EPA Badminton

By Published On: June 11, 2010

The Senate June 10 voted down a resolution by Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) to silence the Environmental Protection Agency in its efforts to curb greenhouse gases. “I had hopes, for the security of our economy, that we would prevail today,” Murkowski said. “But regardless of the outcome, I believe it’s important that every member of the Senate is on the record on whether they think the EPA regulation is the appropriate way to address climate issues.” All Republicans and six Democrats voted in favor of the resolution, but it lost 47-53. While symbolic, the so-called “EPA disapproval” resolution (S. J. Res. 26) forced the global warming regulatory issue into public light. The President would have vetoed the resolution had it made it to his desk, say insiders. Yet, Murkowski’s move spotlighted the Environmental Protection Agency’s grab for greenhouse gas reduction powers through administrative power that some politicians regard as the bailiwick of only legislatively-induced clout. It also highlighted a feud between the powerful senator and the head of the EPA. “No other EPA administrator in history has been so singlehandedly responsible for misleading the public to advance her own political agenda as Lisa Jackson,” stated Murkowski. Jackson called the Murkowski move “a step backward” in an editorial. House Democrats also got into the fray. A June 7 letter from Rep. Ed Markey (D-MA) to the American Public Power Association noted “this resolution, if enacted, would overturn the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s scientific finding that greenhouse gas emissions from automobile tailpipes endanger public health and welfare.”

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