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Friday
Jun112010

ALG Statement Against Senate for Upholding EPA Endangerment Finding 

June 10th, 2010, Fairfax, VA—Americans for Limited Government (ALG) President Bill Wilson today issued the following statement condemning the Senate's 53-47 vote today upholding an EPA finding classifying carbon dioxide as a harmful pollutant:

"The Senate has just voted to affirm that the EPA should be able to arbitrarily set the nation's energy policy by imposing unilateral restrictions on carbon emissions without any vote at all in Congress.  This is a vote that will assuredly lead to higher energy prices, lost jobs, lost business, and the tyrannical imposition of a radical, environmentalist agenda upon the American people."

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.

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

Freedomaction.org - Senate Democrats Vote to "Turn Out the Lights on America" 

53 Senators Take Responsibility for Obama EPA’s Power Grab

Washington, D.C., June, 10, 2010 – The Senate today defeated by a vote of 47 to 53 the Murkowski Resolution of Disapproval that would stop the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating greenhouse gas emissions.  Six Democrats and all 41 Republican Senators voted for the resolution.  Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) offered S. J. Res. 26 under the special procedures of the Congressional Review Act, so that the resolution needed only 51 votes for passage.

Supporters of EPA regulation of greenhouse gas emissions had to resort to high-pressure tactics to defeat the Murkowski Resolution.  The White House issued a sternly-worded veto threat.  Environmental pressure groups spent millions of dollars on advertising.  Even that was not enough.  Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) had to promise to hold a vote on a bill that would delay EPA regulations for two years in order to peel several Democratic votes away. “During today’s debate, Senator Jay Rockefeller, Democrat of West Virginia, said that he was voting for the Murkowski Resolution because he didn’t want EPA turning out the lights on America.  Unfortunately, 53 of his fellow Democrats disagreed with Senator Rockefeller and voted to allow EPA to proceed with their regulations to turn out the lights on America,” Myron Ebell, Director of Freedom Action. “Every one of the 53 Democratic Senators who voted against the Murkowski Resolution has now taken full responsibility for the economic consequences of the EPA’s greenhouse gas regulations,” Ebell continued.  “These 53 Democratic Senators are responsible for the higher energy prices that will make American families poorer.  They are responsible for every factory that won’t be built and for every job that will be lost.” Today’s vote is not the end of efforts to stop EPA from regulating the American economy into permanent stagnation.  One hundred seventy House Members have already co-sponsored identical resolutions to block EPA from using the Clean Air Act to regulate greenhouse gas emissions. See also: Commentary by Marlo Lewis on OpenMarket.org & FreedomAction.net:  Sen. Boxer’s Demagoguery Knows No Bounds No, Sen. Durbin, Choice Not Between Real Science and Political Science No, It’s Not About Oil; Besides, Oil Is Good!

Commentary by Christopher Horner on Dailycaller.com:

Senate to vote on Obama’s power grab



Friday
Jun112010

NRN - Must Reads for June 11, 2010

Americans for Limited Government President Bill Wilson's quote of the day in reference to the Senate failing to stop the EPA: "The Senate has just voted to affirm that the EPA should be able to arbitrarily set the nation's energy policy by imposing unilateral restrictions on carbon emissions without any vote at all in Congress.  This is a vote that will assuredly lead to higher energy prices, lost jobs, lost business, and the tyrannical imposition of a radical, environmentalist agenda upon the American people."

Read more at NetRightDaily.com.

Friday
Jun112010

NRCC - With No Plan to Budget, Fed Chair Calls Shea-Porter's Spending Spree ‘Unsustainable’ 

Bernanke Says Decisive Action Needed, but Democrats Continue to Spend at Will

Washington- The nation’s chief economist warned yesterday that America’s fiscal path is unsustainable and called for swift action to manage a growing national debt crisis, but Carol Shea-Porter and her fellow Democrats still refuse to do the necessary work to lead the country back to fiscal stability. While Shea-Porter and her colleagues still refuse to create a budget for the upcoming fiscal year, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke testified to the House Budget Committee yesterday that it’s time for Congress to act:

“Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said on Wednesday that Congress needs to develop a plan to manage the nation’s burgeoning debt, because the federal budget “appears to be on an unsustainable path.”

“Testifying before the House Budget Committee on the state of the economy, Bernanke urged lawmakers to take decisive action to show investors that the country can get back on the right financial path.” (Simmi Aujla, “Ben Bernanke: Federal Budget ‘Unsustainable,’” Politico, 6/10/10)

During the same hearing, Bernanke told Congress that Democrats could tackle the deficit by cutting spending – if they wanted to:

Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA): “Is there enough spending to be cut?”

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke: “Well, of course.”

Connolly: “National defense? Homeland security?”

Bernanke: “That’s your judgment. That’s the Congress’s judgment.”  (Bernanke testimony to the House Budget Committee, 6/9/10)

As Democrats continue to convince themselves that the country doesn’t need a plan to deal with $13 trillion in national debt and a ballooning deficit, voters think otherwise. According to a Gallup survey released last week, key swing voters see the federal deficit as the top issue that is threatening the country’s well being:

“The federal budget deficit ranks as the top issue concern for independents -- 42% call it extremely serious -- thus aligning independents closer to Republicans than to Democrats on this issue.” (Lydia Saad, “Federal Debt, Terrorism Considered Top Threats to U.S.,” Gallup, 6/4/10)

“Americans are desperate for a plan to lead the country out of its growing fiscal crisis, but Carol Shea-Porter continues to toe the party line as Democrats refuse to do the business of governing,” said NRCC Communications Director Ken Spain. “As the debt continues to grow, New Hampshire taxpayers are looking to Shea-Porter to restore fiscal sanity in Washington. Unfortunately, all they’re getting is another loyal Democrat who refuses to stop spending while the country’s long-term stability is on the line.”