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Friday
Jun112010

Murkowski resolution - CEI coverage 

In case you are tracking today's debate and vote on the Murkowski resolution of disapproval with respect to the EPA endangerment rule, I thought you'd be interested in ongoing commentary from energy policy experts at CEI.  Let me know if you would like to interview a CEI expert on this important vote.
 
On Twitter, Iain Murray is tweeting about it today: http://twitter.com/ismurray.  He also has write-ups on American Spectator: EPA Vote Coming Down to the Wire and NRO: Action Needed Now to Stop EPA Power Grab.
 
On Openmarket.org, Marlo Lewis:
 
Boxer ignores — and conceals — the simple fact that the Murkowski resolution would overturn the “legal force and effect” of the endangerment finding, not its scientific reasoning or conclusions.
 
The resolution is a referendum not on climate science but on who shall make climate policy: Elected lawmakers who must answer to the people at the ballot box or politically unaccountable bureaucrats, trial lawyers, and activist judges appointed for life?
Durbin claims that EPA made its endangerment rule after consulting with “scientists across America.” In fact, as the endangerment rule acknowledges, EPA largely based the rule on the IPCC reports. As the Climategate scandal reveals, the IPCC reports do not meet U.S. Government transparency and accountability standards.

On Dailycaller.com, Christopher Horner: Senate to vote on Obama’s power grab
EPA’s breathtaking Power Grab raises questions critical to our form of governance. The powers EPA has claimed for itself include staking out national policy on the contentious “climate” issue, and even amending the Clean Air Act on its own initiative and authority.

Friday
Jun112010

ALG Urges Senate to Restore Separation of Powers by Repealing EPA Endangerment Finding 

"Will the Senate vote to do its job, or will it instead vote to abdicate yet

more responsibility to an unelected, unaccountable executive bureaucracy?"

—ALG President Bill Wilson. 

 

June 10th, 2010, Fairfax, VA—Americans for Limited Government (ALG) President Bill Wilson today urged the Senate to vote in favor of Senator Lisa Murkowski's resolution that would repeal an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finding classifying carbon dioxide as a pollutant that Wilson said "violates the constitutional principle of the separation of powers."

"This is not necessarily an environmental, energy, or even a tax issue — it's a constitutional separation of powers issue," Wilson said.

"Even if a senator believes in the highly controversial dogma that carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases are harmful, he or she should be gravely concerned at the blatant power grab the EPA has engaged in to declare that those gases are covered under the Clean Air Act," Wilson explained.

"They are not, nor was it Congress' intention to regulate greenhouse gases when the Clean Air Act was authored.  Instead, it was a specious court ruling that greenlighted the unelected EPA to completely ignore the representative process of lawmaking by elected officials.  Senators now have the opportunity remedy that error in judgment by restoring Congress' prerogative in this area of policy," Wilson added.

In 2007, the EPA was sued to regulate greenhouse gases, including carbon dioxide.  "At the time," said Wilson, "the EPA did the right thing and said it did not have the unilateral authority to make the Clean Air Act apply to CO2, that it was up to Congress to make such a determination."

Wilson said certain Senators were "using the threat of unilateral EPA action to bully lawmakers to act on legislation restricting carbon emissions," including Senator Mark Begich of Alaska who recently said, "We need a comprehensive energy plan and if this keeps the fire under these guys to get something major done, I'm all for it."

Wilson described Begich's comments as "abhorrent to the legislative process."

"The Senate cannot complain about an all-powerful executive that makes its own laws without any vote, and then do nothing to rein in the EPA's power grab to define whatever it wants as a harmful pollutant, and to arbitrarily determine to what extent they will be restricted," Wilson said.

As reported by the American Spectator, the EPA changed the way the Clean Air Act applies to CO2: "The plain language of the Clean Air Act would apply the regulations to anyone who emits more than 250 tons of CO2 in a year. That means fast food franchises, apartment buildings, and hospitals would be subject to regulations aimed at clamping down on pollution from large industrial facilities. Even the EPA recognized the absurdity of this result. It took it upon itself to rewrite the law, saying that what the Clean Air Act meant in this case was 25,000 tons, not 250, and issued what it called a 'tailoring rule' to this effect. This represents a significant assault on the principle of separation of powers."

"Will the Senate vote to do its job, or will it instead vote to abdicate yet more responsibility to an unelected, unaccountable executive bureaucracy? This nation was founded upon the principle of representation, wherein the just powers of government are derived from the consent of the governed.   For Congress to allow an agency to capriciously set the nation's energy policy, to cede that power to the executive, is dangerous, irresponsible, and unforgivable," Wilson concluded.

Attachments:

"Earth Not on Fire: The Threat Posed by the EPA's CO2 Endangerment Finding on the Individual and the Economy," Americans for Limited Government, June, 2010.

ALG Letter to U.S. Senate, June 8th, 2010.

"Apocalyptic EPA Should Not Be Setting Energy Policy," Editorial by ALG News, June 9th, 2010.

"The EPA's Reckless Endangerment," by ALG President Bill Wilson, June 8th, 2010.

Wednesday
Jun092010

NH Americans for Prosperity praises US Senate Candidate Jim Bender on Pledge to Oppose Climate Tax 

Jim Bender - US Senate 2010
www.BenderforSenate.com

Hollis, NH- Today the New Hampshire chapter of Americans for Prosperity released the following statement acknowledging US Senate candidate Jim Bender for pledging to oppose any legislation that relates to climate change that would result in a net increase in government revenue. 

Read the full release below.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, June 8, 2010

Contact: Corey Lewandowski (202) 550-7839 or James Valvo (703) 224-3200

Americans for Prosperity Applauds U.S. Senate Candidate Jim Bender

-Signs No Climate Tax Pledge-

The New Hampshire chapter of the free market grassroots group Americans for Prosperity (AFP-NH) today applauded U.S. Senate candidate Jim Bender for signing the group’s “No Climate Tax Pledge.”  Bender joins more than 525 bipartisan lawmakers and candidates on the federal, state and local levels pledging to “oppose legislation relating to climate change that includes a net increase in government revenue.”   

“The one thing elected officials should be able to agree on is that global warming shouldn’t be used as an excuse to hike taxes on citizens and businesses,” said AFP-NH State Director Corey Lewandowski.  “We encourage all of New Hampshire’s elected officials and candidates for elected office to sign the pledge.”

New Hampshire signers include U.S. Senate candidates Kelly Ayotte and Ovide Lamontagne; U.S. House candidate Jennifer Horn; State Senator Sheila Roberge; and State Representatives John Reagan, David Bates, Mary Griffin, Charles McMahon and Carol Vita.   

Cap-and-trade took its first step toward enactment last year when the U.S. House narrowly passed the Waxman-Markey energy tax bill, which escaped the lower chamber by a scant seven votes despite significant bipartisan opposition.  The U.S. Senate has struggled to pass companion legislation, with several key Democratic senators openly expressing opposition to attempting to pass the energy tax bill. 

President Obama has made no secret of his support for the bill, which would be the largest tax increase in American history.  The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office has scored the House plan as an $846 billion increase in federal revenue, a burden that will be borne by taxpayers and consumers for decades to come.

“Using the guise of climate change to transfer dollars from hard-working citizens to bureaucratic big government is unacceptable,” said Lewandowski. “Regardless of their stance on global warming, this should be common ground for all of our elected officials at all levels of government.”

The pledge is available online at www.NoClimateTax.com.  AFP does not endorse candidates.  All elected officials and candidates are encouraged to sign the pledge and go on the record in opposition to using the climate change issue to increase taxes and grow the size of government.

Tuesday
Jun082010

ALG Urges Senate to Repeal EPA Carbon Dioxide Endangerment Finding 

"The Senate has a golden opportunity to stop the EPA dead in its tracks  before it imposes a carbon rationing regime upon the American people." —ALG President Bill Wilson.

June 8th, 2010, Fairfax, VA—Americans for Limited Government (ALG) President Bill Wilson today urged the Senate to vote in favor of Senator Lisa Murkowski's resolution that would repeal an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finding classifying carbon dioxide as a pollutant.

In Wilson's letter to the Senate, he wrote, "If you do not act to repeal the EPA's endangerment finding against carbon dioxide, as in S.J. Res. 26, it will be utilized by the agency as the foundation for the EPA to regulate, restrict, and eventually prohibit emissions of carbon dioxide by motor vehicles, industry, and even the air people exhale."

The letter continued, "The EPA's finding is based on shoddy science that disregards the downward trend in global temperatures despite increases in carbon emissions, ignores the failed projections of increased temperatures by the International Panel on Climate Change and other proponents of the man-made global warming hypothesis, and overlooks the impact of the Climategate scandal where it was revealed that global temperature data was manipulated and exaggerated by climatologists and utilizes data that has now been discredited."

ALG today published a summary of the implications of the EPA's finding.  It cites research from Christopher Monckton of Brenchley documenting lower actual global temperatures than had been projected by the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the UN agency often cited as justification for draconian restrictions on carbon emissions.

Wilson said in a statement, "All of the predictions made by the IPCC have been discredited.  They said that temperatures are supposed to be going up, but they're not.  Since the EPA's carbon endangerment finding depends so heavily upon the IPCC for its finding that carbon dioxide is a harmful pollutant, the only responsible action for the Senate is to repeal it."

"It's not as if the EPA did not have an opportunity to get up to speed on recent revelations in climate science.  EPA analyst Dr. Alan Carlin submitted comments warning against the finding citing data that disproves the man-made global warming hypothesis, and they consciously disregarded it.  They suppressed it," Wilson noted in a statement.

The summary also notes that the EPA did not take into consideration the Climategate scandal in producing its finding, which revealed widespread manipulation of temperature data by what Wilson called "alarmist climate scientists driven by ideology rather an impartial pursuit of the truth."

Wilson said the IPCC's poor track record calls into question further predictions made by the EPA citing IPCC research.  In its finding, the EPA claimed that the increased concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere "threaten[s] the public health and welfare of current and future generations."

The regulation predicts increased heat waves, more-intense hurricanes, floods, storm surges, rising sea levels, erosion, wildfires, drought, and even allergens and pathogens.  The EPA also predicts the displacement of indigenous populations, the eventual decrease of food production and agriculture, and the reduction of forest productivity.

The Senate is expected to vote on Murkowski's resolution on Thursday. 

"The true danger to the American people is tyrannical restrictions on carbon emissions and energy usage that harm population sustainability and economic growth.  The Senate has a golden opportunity to stop the EPA dead in its tracks before it imposes a carbon rationing regime upon the American people," Wilson concluded.

Attachments:

"Earth Not on Fire: The Threat Posed by the EPA's CO2 Endangerment Finding on the Individual and the Economy," Americans for Limited Government, June, 2010.

ALG Letter to U.S. Senate, June 8th, 2010.

"The EPA's Reckless Endangerment," by ALG President Bill Wilson, June 8th, 2010.

Wednesday
Jun022010

Republicans for Environmental Protection - Bipartisan Ads in NH Promote American Power Act 

American Power Act Gets $3 Million Bipartisan TV Campaign
Truman National Security Project and Republicans for Environmental Protection
Join to Promote Kerry-Lieberman Bill

WASHINGTON – Republicans for Environmental Protection and Truman National Security Project today launched a $3 million advertising campaign in New Hampshire and 15 other states calling on Congress to "stop bickering" and pass bipartisan American clean energy legislation. The first ad, called "Boot," is sponsored jointly by the conservative- and progressive-leaning organizations, and is notable for its aggressive support for an "all-of-the-above" solution to America's energy, environmental, and security challenges.

The ad is available online: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YxEoX0-6N48

The American Power Act, authored by Democrat John Kerry and independent Joe Lieberman, with help from Republican Lindsey Graham, embraces ideas from across the political spectrum. The proposal includes a strict limit on carbon pollution, more use of nuclear power and domestic production, and a boost to renewable energy, among other provisions.

"Boot" is the first of a series of advertisements expected to run in targeted states and nationwide. The multimillion-dollar campaign also includes online ads, direct mail, and field activities. The buy includes broadcast TV in Washington, New Mexico, North Dakota, Michigan, Maine, Ohio, New York, Illinois, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Rhode Island, Oregon, Virginia, Massachusetts, Florida, and New Hampshire.

In launching the joint campaign, David Jenkins, vice president for government and political affairs for Republicans for Environmental Protection, said: "The energy-related challenges and opportunities facing our nation require balanced solutions, not political gamesmanship. Republican lawmakers need to show that they recognize that and rise to the occasion to support this much-needed legislation."

"America's continued reliance on energy from hostile nations is a threat to national security," said Jonathan Powers, chief operating officer of the Truman National Security Project. "Oil money is ending up in the hands of America's most dangerous enemies, funding terrorism around the world. This is not a Republican issue or a Democratic issue – this is an issue for all Americans. It's time for reasoned compromise and fast action – not partisanship and bickering."

Republicans for Environmental Protection is a national grassroots organization dedicated to resurrecting the Republican Party's great conservation tradition and promoting the original conservative philosophy that requires responsible stewardship of our natural resources. More online at www.rep.org.

The Truman National Security Project is a national security leadership institute, the nation's only organization that recruits, trains, and positions a new generation of progressives across America to lead on national security. More online at www.TrumanProject.org.

The campaign is part of an ongoing partnership between Republicans for Environmental Protection, Environmental Defense Action Fund, and the Truman National Security Project to promote strong clean and air and climate legislation.