Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI), the head of the House energy committee, denies that climate change is human-induced. The Michigan congressman, who received $20,000 from Koch Industries for his 2010 election campaign, made statements denying climate change in February. Upton said, “I have said many times, and there was a report a couple of weeks ago that in fact you look at this last year, it was the warmest year in the last decade, I think was the numbers that came out. I don’t — I accept that. I do not say that it is man-made.“
Upton wants to stop the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from updating Clean Air Act standards to regulate carbon dioxide emissions. Upton’s constituents do not support him when it comes to stopping the CAA from being updated. A recent Public Policy Polling survey of Upton’s 6th congressional district found that 62 percent think the EPA needs to do more to hold polluters accountable and protect the air and water. Only 33 percent think the EPA does too much and places too many costly restrictions on business and individuals. Ironically, Upton won 62 percent of the votes last November.
The survey also found the following:
- 53 percent favor the EPA setting new standards with stricter limits on air pollution
- 59 percent think Congress should let the EPA do its job
- 54 percent oppose the Congress blocking the EPA
- 49 percent said Upton’s recent proposals to alter the Clean Air Act make them less likely to support him in the next election
In February, an American Lung Association survey found that three out of four voters support the EPA setting tougher Clean Air Act standards. A total of 68 percent oppose congressional action that stops the EPA from updating Clean Air Act standards, and 64 percent oppose Congressional efforts to stop the EPA from updating standards on carbon dioxide.
“Despite the strong attacks on the Clean Air Act coming from Congress and industry, it’s clear that the public values measures to protect public health,” said Paul Billings, vice president for national policy and advocacy at the American Lung Association. “Voters clearly recognize and respect the role of the EPA in protecting their families from breathing toxic air, and they don’t want Congress to interfere with the EPA’s authority to take action when lives are clearly at stake.”
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