Republicans strike in climate battle

2011-01-07 12:18

Washington - House Republicans wasted no time on Thursday in trying to block the Obama administration from acting to stem global warming.

On their second day in power, Republican lawmakers introduced several bills that would hamstring the Environmental Protection Agency from moving forward with regulations to reduce heat-trapping pollution from factories and other sources that they say contributes to global warming.

The bills are part of an effort by House Republicans to reverse what they consider job-killing policies of the administration. The bills introduced by Representatives Ted Poe, Marsha Blackburn Shelley Moore Capito would stymie the EPA in different ways.

Poe's measure would prohibit the EPA from using any money to implement or enforce regulations to impose a limit on global warming gases. Blackburn's bill would change the Clean Air Act so the EPA could no longer use the law to control greenhouse gases.

A 2007 Supreme Court decision said the EPA had the authority to regulate carbon dioxide and other global warming gases under the statute.

'Every tool'

Capito's measure would delay for two years any effort by the EPA to regulate carbon dioxide under the Clean Air Act.

In a statement, Capito called the EPA's actions a power grab that would have devastating effects on the economy.

"Without congressional action to say otherwise, the EPA will continue to dismantle energy and manufacturing industries through regulation," she said.

Meanwhile, a top Democrat in the Senate on environmental issues, Senator Barbara Boxer, said on Thursday she would use every tool to block the Republicans efforts and ensure that the EPA was allowed to follow the law.

A bill that would have placed a limit on heat-trapping gases died in the Senate in 2010, after it passed the then Democratic-led House. Boxer said there are no plans to pursue another one because there are not enough votes.

  • Anthony - 2011-01-07 12:35

    This is just another indication that politicians are longer have a place in the future of country management. Short term power and egos are all they care about not the long term viability of the planet as our only place of existence. These Republicans should be tried for crimes against humanity.

  • AGENT - 2011-01-07 12:57


      daaivark - 2011-01-07 14:54


  • Irené - 2011-01-07 13:06

    Evil republican filth. This is big business trying to protect their profits which will dwindel as soon as they are forced to make less crap that just litters our world. I hope they rot in their own mess. the rest of the world must curb its emissions and the US, the great holy US can do as they want, as always . @ agent- nice one

  • RFreeThinker - 2011-01-07 13:13

    Anthony many respectable scientists are coming out claiming that global warming is not man-made. It is based on junk science. Oh and please remember what sort of maelstrom this planet emerged from - it will not die out from any man made pollution. BTW do check on the latest data of bacteria devouring all the methane in the Gulf of Mexico. The Republicans are right on this one.

      lmduplessis - 2011-01-07 13:28

      Really? Link us some articles about these sientists claiming Global warming is a myth now. Nothing we can do can cause mass extinctions? lol It's just this blinkere-eyed type of attitude that will cause the planet to be a wasteland for the next dozen centuries, killing off most species and humanity (which increasingly seems like a preferable option)

      Irie Fairie - 2011-01-07 15:36

      I suppose you thought the hole in the ozone layer was also fabricated? How can one be so blind as to not see the implications of our behaviour on the planet? You are right, the planet wont die, but we will.

      Riebens - 2011-01-07 23:31

      Who cares if it's man made or not? I do care about a cleaner environment, less air pollution and smog, clean rivers, more natural wildlife, etc. There's a saying .. Don't shit where you eat .. Guess what the human race is currently doing with consumarism....

  • Chibuli - 2011-01-07 13:15

    We need to start a global movement to replace politicians with competent, suitably qualified experts in government. Would you let a plumber perform a kidney transplant on your loved one? Well, ANYONE can become a politician, without adequate expertise. Party politics should also be abolished as these politicians usually serve the party and not the people. I'm all for qualified franchise over "democracy".

  • trippygrape - 2011-01-07 13:17

    When all the trees are burnt, when all the rivers are polluted or dried up, when all the soil is toxic, what will your money be worth then? Soon, the Earth is going to backlash and us, the virus, will have no hope. All our technology, nukes and what not are no match against nature.

      Irené - 2011-01-07 14:21

      Sounds like an old native american proverb- only once all the trees have been cut down, every river has been polluted and every fish has been eaten will you realise that you cannot eat money. The sad thing is the Chief sdaid this in the late 19th century, and nothing has change, its only gotten worse. Why is it that the native cultures could respect the earth and all it supplies to us, yet most Westerners just wanted more and more.

  • lmduplessis - 2011-01-07 13:32

    Pretty soon the world is going to get fed up with America and these Republicans. The EU has already made comments that they would start trade embargo on american goods if the USA doesn't pull their weight in reducing pollution emissions. See how many jobs get lost THEN. I'm starting to think that america needs to finish it's cycle like any other "Empire", it grows, flourishes, becomes influencial to the rest of the world, then slowly dies out due to internal corruption.

  • Howzitekse - 2011-01-07 13:35

    When compared to these amoral clowns, Bin Laden is cool.

      Irené - 2011-01-07 14:21

      second that!

  • Gore - 2011-01-07 14:03

    We had "ice age" before, and who the hell are you to deny the "fire age" if mother planet so wishes. Humans adapt as conditions necessitates.Inventions wil be made to make life bearable.

      Irie Fairie - 2011-01-07 15:47

      It's a bit too late for inventions now... How do you suppose humans will survive with a 'fire age'? the rise in temperatures will effect all Eco-systems which is "the fundamental life-support services upon which human civilization depends". So basically, we're screwed...and rightfully so. We need to be wiped out for this planet to stand a chance.

  • Paul - 2011-01-07 14:20

    First, Gore sets up a company that will invest in other companies that will benefit from global warming alarmism * Second, Gore gets some Hollywood types to fund and produce a movie designed to scare the c-c-carbon out of the population * Third, Gore travels the world promoting this movie, while pushing the view that a cataclysm is imminent if the world doesn't immediately act * Fourth, an adoring media falls for the con hook, line, and sinker. Rather than debunking the flaws in the theories, the media promote every word of it while advancing the concept that Gore's views represent those of an overwhelming majority of scientists * Fifth, scared governments and citizens across the globe invest in alternative energy programs driving up the shares of companies Gore's group has already invested in * Sixth, Gore and his cronies make billions as they laugh all the way to the bank at the stupidity of their fellow citizens and it's all being implemented in SA with Co2 taxes as well.

      only.fools.fall.for.419 - 2011-01-07 15:12

      So seem to think of yourself as pissy little smartypants. your whole thesis re Gore reeks of intellectual snobbery until you really stop basking in your own glorious self-declared insight. read what you are saying again...and understand just how preposterous your 'conspiracy theory' is before you start using words like 'at the stupidity of their fellow citizens' the real people running all the way to the bank are the corporate lobbyists and major polluting companies - like they are any more honest than Gore? flaws in the theory or not, your entire thesis is even more ludicrous.......

      Irie Fairie - 2011-01-07 15:52

      you joking right?

      Paul - 2011-01-07 22:26

      @only.fools.fall.for.419 Facts Every Climatologist will tell you the Earth's temperature has been much hotter and colder than it is now. There was an Ice Age and it warmed up, there was a Mini Ice Age just 500 years ago and it has been warming up ever since. The Industrial Revolution was not around during those periods. NASA reports because of Solar Flares the Sun is the hottest it has been in over 100 years. There are no cars on the sun. Global warming is causing ice to melt on Mars. There are no cars on Mars. Thousands and thousands of studies and experiments prove that more carbon dioxide produces better fruits, vegetables, trees and almost any sort of plant life. Most of the temperature increase happened before 1940 (Before most carbon dioxide was released by cars and factories) The hot year of 1998 was caused by El Nino. Joining the Kyoto Protocol would cost the U.S. approximately $400 Billion every year and would have virtually no effect on earths temperature. April 28, 1975 Newsweek printed an article about scientists predicting doom and gloom because of Global Cooling. By the way foolsfallfor419: Should RIO, Cape Town and Holland not be swimming below sea level by now?

  • only.fools.fall.for.419 - 2011-01-07 15:04

    The Republicans are the single most dangerous group of people in the world. oh America....put the Democrats back in and quick. Obama - introduce an Immigration Reform Bill that the Republicans will oppose just for the sake of opposing, expose themselves for the racist corporate greedmongers they are and get the Latino vote out in droves....

  • Corrine Scheidel - 2011-01-07 15:27

    hope they realise that without EARTH, there would be no LIFE!

  • Corrine Scheidel - 2011-01-07 15:28

    Without the EARTH, there would be no need for jobs as we wouldn't exist anymore.

  • caryn.dawson - 2011-01-07 15:37

    Wow and the Americans still can't understand why other countries hate them!!! A nation of overfed, under educated, selfish pratts who continually vote for Republicans and their greedy agenda. Thanks America for making a decision that will affect the rest of us, once again your complete lack of intellect will keep you the most hated country in the world.

      Irie Fairie - 2011-01-07 17:17


  • Pelican-Fish - 2011-01-09 08:21

    The only good thing about a politician is that they are totally biodegradable, except for their actions!!!!!!!!!!!

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