Last week, Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI), chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, introduced a bill that would strip the EPA of its authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions. The “Energy Tax Prevention Act of 2011,” when introduced, already had 9 co-sponsors, including key Democratic Representatives Dan Boren (D-OK), Collin Peterson (D-MN) and Nick Rahall(D-WV). The bill’s main objective is “to amend the Clean Air Act to prohibit the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency from promulgating any regulation concerning, taking action relating to, or taking into consideration the emission of a greenhouse gas to address climate change, and for other purposes.”
The bill appears to have enough support to pass through the House; however the likelihood of it passing the Senate remains in doubt. If it were to pass the Senate, it is highly doubtful the President would sign it into law.
The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee of Energy and Power will hold a hearing on the legislation on Tuesday, March 8, at 10:00 am. For more information on the hearing and scheduled witnesses, visit http://energycommerce.house.gov/news/PRArticle.aspx?NewsID=8309.