Now that the GOP has control of the House, some House Republicans are making it clear they will go after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Rep. James Sensenbrenner (WI) says he wants to use the committee to investigate the Obama administration’s environmental policies. Reuters reports that Sensenbrenner will likely be the incoming chair of the House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming.
“The threat of the EPA’s reach into the economy is so great that it deserves special attention this Congress, and no panel has developed more experience on these topics than the Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming,” Sensenbrenner said in a statement.
“These regulations are moving quickly, but the oversight and subpoena power wielded by the Select Committee would put a tall hurdle in the path and would further expose the economic destruction these policies would bring,” he said.
Van Jones reminded audience members during a speech last week that the EPA has powers under the Clean Air Act “to start dealing with greenhouse gases, whether Congress likes it or not.”
“An attack on Lisa Jackson is an attack on the entire progressive movement,” Jones said, “and we’ve got to let them know that right away.”
“That fight is going to be the most important fight for the environment on Planet Earth next year,” Jones said. “If we allow the authority that she already has to be taken away, the planet may be greenhouse-gas attacked.”
The real enemy is not Republicans, Jones told the audience, but despair. “You know, we went from despair to hope in America, and then we tried to do the change and now we’re all going back to despair.”
“That does not have to be the great exception in the American story,” he said. “If we decide in this room that that day, that minute, is going to be the great example of who we will be every day, we will be able to achieve in this country every single thing we said we were going to do in 2008, and much, much more…and, yes, we still can. We — we — still can.”
Perhaps Jones should give the same speech to the Democrats in Congress.