Americans for Prosperity Applauds Representatives Collin Peterson, Dan Boren and Nick Rahall for Supporting EPA Preemption

March 03, 2011 J

AFP today commended three senior Democratic representatives—Collin Peterson of Minnesota, Dan Boren of Oklahoma and Nick Rahall of West Virginia—for cosponsoring the Inhofe-Upton bill to clarify that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has no authority to regulate greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act (CAA).

“It’s great to see three leading Democratic Congressmen speak with such a clear voice that EPA should not be allowed to go around Congress to adopt job-killing global warming regulations,” said AFP Vice President for Policy Phil Kerpen. “These regulations amount to a backdoor effort to adopt restrictions similar to the cap-and-trade bill Congress and the American people already rejected.”

“AFP commends free market heroes like Senator Inhofe and Congressman Upton for challenging unelected bureaucracies like the EPA when they try to bypass the American people,” said president of AFP, Tim Phillips.

The Clean Air Act is so ill-suited to being twisted as a global warming bill that EPA resorted to disregarded statutory thresholds and demanding that states amend their laws to conform. This so-called Tailoring Rule is being contested in court and experts predict it is unlikely to survive the legal challenge.

“Kudos to Boren, Peterson, and Rahall for standing up to the EPA and doing what’s right,” Kerpen concluded. “I hope more Democrats will put jobs, the economy, and legitimate legislative process ahead of environmental extremism and join them.”

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