House Republicans Ratchet Up Efforts To Gut the EPA
House Republicans want to undermine the EPA, as we have covered in detail at Care2. This week, they have ratcheted up their efforts. On Tuesday, March 8, the House Energy and Power Subcommittee held a hearing titled, “Climate Science and EPA’s Greenhouse Gas Regulations.”
The hearing was the third one concerning the Energy Tax Prevention Act of 2011, or HR 910, which would stop the EPA from regulating greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. On January 2, EPA regulations of GHG emissions under the Clean Air Act began to go into effect. Exactly a month later, three House members released a statement on their discussion draft about the Act. The draft was released, according to the statement, “as part of a deliberative process with their colleagues on both sides of the aisle to discuss the most effective approach to stop EPA’s cap and trade agenda.”
The three members who released the statement were Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI), Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-KY), Chairman of the Energy and Power Subcommittee, and Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works.
A week after the statement’s release, the Energy and Commerce Committee held the first hearing on the Act, which will be voted on by the House on Thursday, March 10, 2011. A month later, on March 3, Upton, Whitfield, and two Democrats, Collin Peterson (D-MN) and Nick Rahall (D-WV), introduced the Act to the House.
Among the experts who testified at the March 8 hearing, three are dismissed by Climate Progress. John R. Christy, professor of Atmospheric Science at Alabama’s State Climatologist and Director of the Earth System Science Center at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, and one of the three, is described as “one of the nation’s few remaining seriously credentialed disinformers who has arguably been wrong longer than any other serious disinformer and thus deserves our inattention and scorn.”
Dr. Roger Pielke, Sr., a Senior Research Scientist at the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences of the University of Colorado at Boulder is another of the infamous three experts. Climate Progress says that he “loves to cherry-pick climate data over short time spans to make misleading scientific claims about climate.”
The last of the three, Dr. Donald Roberts, Professor Emeritus of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, testified at the hearing that “with greater EPA control over CO2 it is likely that economic growth will suffer and we will be poorer as a nation.”
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