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.”

Check out other Care2 posts on GOP efforts to gut the EPA:

Clean Air Act Assaulted By Congress

The Congressional War on Clean Air and Climate Science

Word To House Republicans: the American People Support the EPA!

House Republicans Attack the Environment

Why Attacking The Clean Air Act Jeopardizes Public Health

House Republicans Plan To Put Climate Science On Trial

U.S. EPA Sets Timeline for Regulating Global Warming Pollution


Louise D.
Louise D6 years ago

The Republicans really have a strange almost pathological attitude to the environment since Reagan claimed that "Trees cause more pollution than automobiles do." The problem is that the Republicans don't see the long term benefits of conserving the environment they see only the quick buck. This situation is worse now with the current crop of Republicans who are more in the thrall of big business than ever.

gerlinde p.
gerlinde p6 years ago

i really don`t know how anyone having to work to survive can vote for a conservative party, they`re all in the pockets of corporations.

Dan B.
Dan Brook6 years ago

Why do Republicans hate the environment so much?

The regressive Republican Party of No is mean-spirited, thuggish, religiously fanatical, scientifically ignorant, corrupt, hypocritical, xenophobic, racist, sexist, homophobic, evolution and global warming denying, oily, authoritarian, selfish, greedy, lacking compassion, warmongering, and otherwise dangerous.

NEVER vote for Republicans.

Jose Gaspar
Jose Gaspar6 years ago

GOP (Government On Pills)

Marco C.
Marco C7 years ago

American voters gut Congress of misrepresentatives, American voters finally fed up with disingenious politicans running the country into the ground have taken Washington with unprecidented recall initiatives. Voters finally realized they were being lead by the nose.......Oh, I thought I read this somewhere.... or was it imagined..........oh, damn.....what's really going on?

Susanne R.
Susanne R7 years ago

The article states: "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."

Isn't that an odd if not ridiculous thing for a scientist to say? It's something you might hear from an economist --but not a scientist. Maybe he's Professor Emeritus of the UNINFORMED Services University of the Health Sciences.

Peg R.
Randolph M7 years ago

Get rid of the EPA!

Bruno Moreira
Bruno Moreira7 years ago

noted thanks

Sumit jamadar
Sumit jamadar7 years ago


Arthur Joyce
Arthur Joyce7 years ago

Some of the posters here seem either to be online 'astroturfers' arguing on behalf of polluting industries or sadly, hopelessly out of touch with scientific reality. Folks, climate change is a reality. The sooner we accept that and start pushing our legislators to behave accordingly, the sooner we offer at least a shred of hope to our grandchildren. Once the environment is ruined, where will the resources come from that provide the jobs? Why not take the billions in subsidies to polluting industries and give them to clean energy developers? That alone could create thousands if not millions of jobs! Why not reward corporations for doing the right thing with tax breaks for being environmentally responsible? If we're ever going to get past crisis point we need to stop thinking the same ways that got us here.