Thursday, June 10, 2010

EPA Regulations - #1846 - Murkowski's Amendment to Stop EPA from Regulating Greenhouse Gases Fails 47/53

And so a drama that began last December, when the EPA declared carbon dioxide to be an environmental hazard, ends predictably. Here’s the roll. All 41 Republicans voted yes — even Scotty B, despite an ad campaign in Massachusetts aimed at pressuring him to oppose the measure. Evan Bayh, Mary Landrieu, Blanche Lincoln, Ben Nelson, Mark Pryor, and even Jay Rockefeller, who hails from the coal capital of West Virginia, crossed the aisle to vote with the GOP. Result: The EPA will indeed retain its power to, in Ed’s words, “inject itself into just about every industry in the U.S.” in the name of reducing greenhouse gases......... Don’t cry too hard over the vote. For one thing, there was zero chance of it passing the House (although watching purple-district Democrats agonize over whether to vote for it would have been fun) and The One would have vetoed it even if it had. For another thing, consider this a trial run on the viability of cap-and-trade. If Reid can’t get 60 to agree that, yes indeed, carbon is very dangerous, he’s not getting 60 for a much broader regulatory regime like C&T. or, given the latest polling from Nevada, will he want to even try. Exit quotation from Dan Foster: “I don’t want to hear a liberal bemoan executive supremacy ever again. This is Congress abdicating its own authority because the Democrats know they can’t get the votes to pass cap-and-trade.”   Read more.........  I called Senator Jim Webb's office this afternoon to ask how he voted on this issue..... surprise, surprise, surprise, he VOTED FOR THE BILL.  I asked why he voted yes and was told he was promised that Jay Rockefeller would be introducing another bill that wasn't as strict , but would still limit the EPA regulations.  I then asked what the timing on the other bill would be, was Senator Webb sure that Senator Rockefeller's bill would be voted on before the EPA had the chance to pass regulations that would send oil prices soaring, cripple energy sources,  sending consumer energy prices soaring as well.  I was told someone would have to get back to me on that, his energy person was not available.  I am still waiting.........

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