U.S. Rep. Nick J. Rahall (D-W.Va.) helped to fend off attempts by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to impose controversial regulations to limit greenhouse gas emissions regulations that would endanger coal jobs and adversely affect West Virginias economy. The House voted 255 172 to approve the Energy Tax Prevention Act (H.R. 910).
It is one of the eternal truths of our form of government that the public has to be informed, involved, and engaged, said Rahall, an original co-sponsor of the bill. This legislation is crystal clear in its message that the EPA has gotten ahead of public opinion, and that the Congress now has a responsibility to pull it back.
H.R. 910 would amend the Clean Air Act to prevent the Administrator of the EPA from promulgating planned regulations to cap the emission of greenhouse gases (GHG) to address climate change. The House-passed bill is the latest in Rahalls ongoing efforts to prevent the EPA from unilaterally imposing restrictions on greenhouse gas emissions from coal-burning power plants and manufacturing facilities.
Rahall spoke on the floor of the House yesterday in favor of the legislation. Below are Rahalls remarks:
No singular government agency is sufficiently positioned to tackle the complex solution required to address carbon emissions. The answer has to be multipronged.
It must involve innovation and investment in addition to reductions. It must be crafted taking into account the realities of the effect that emissions reductions will have on the economic recovery and on jobs. These are not matters that the EPA is required to consider or equipped to address.
To simply allow the EPA to move ahead on its own in crafting a national strategy on climate change is recipe for disaster. It assures a lop-sided solution to a broad and cumbersome challenge.
And, what may be worse, it does not provide for the kind of transparency and the kind of public input that is needed for a viable, long-term solution.
It is one of the eternal truths of our form of government that the public has to be informed, involved, and engaged. This legislation is crystal clear in its message that the EPA has gotten ahead of public opinion, and that the Congress now has a responsibility to pull it back.
I support this legislation and urge its passage today.