Saturday, April 2, 2011

Energy Tax Prevention Act of 2011-S482 -#2780 - Inhofe on Stopping Obama's Climate Policy: "I've Got 20 Kids and Grandkids I've Got to Save." - CNS News (2)

Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) said Wednesday he hopes Republicans will regain control of the Senate in 2012 because he needs to “save” his children and grandchildren from the Obama administration’s environmental policies.   Inhofe has introduced an amendment that would stop the Obama administration from regulating greenhouse gases without permission from Congress. But he admitted it was exceedingly difficult to get such votes to take place while in the minority party.  His amendment, which he initially introduced as a separate law, is the Energy Tax Prevention Act of 2011 (S. 482), and it would bar the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide under the Clean Air Act, a tactic the administration has begun pursuing after failing to get a cap-and-trade program through Congress.  Inhofe characterized the Democrats’ agenda as “an attempt to do away with fossil fuels.” “This administration, they want to kill energy in America,” he told reporters on the call.  Read more.......

Rockefeller Says McConnell-Inhofe EPA Bill 'Theological" and Immature," Can't Pass - Hot Air - The battle over an amendment to essentially strip the EPA of regulatory authority it arrogated to itself over the last two years deepened today when Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) blasted Republicans for abandoning his temporary measure. Speaking from the Senate floor, Rockefeller angrily called the McConnell-Inhofe bill “theological,” “immature,” and warned that it had no chance of passage at all. The full transcript will be at the bottom of the post, but here is the key portion: Read more and watch Rockefeller on Senate floor....... 


California Drought Officially Ends After Snowy Winter - News Tribune - A drought that loomed over some of California's most fertile farmland officially ended Wednesday after a winter of relentless mountain storms that piled snow up to three stories high and could keep some ski resorts open until the Fourth of July.  More than 61 feet of snow has fallen in the Sierra Nevada high country so far this season, second only to 1950-51, when 65 feet fell, according to records kept by the California Department of Transportation. And more snow is possible in April, raising the prospect of an all-time record.  When it melts, the snow will bring relief to hundreds of communities and many farms that provide fruits and vegetables to the nation.  Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday repealed a statewide drought declaration made in 2008 by then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who called for a state of emergency in February 2009 after three years of low water levels.  Brown acted after state officials reported the water content in the Sierra snowpack at 165 percent of normal for this time of year. That is one of the wettest winters since 1970, according to the state Department of Water Resources.  Read more.......

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