Idaho Rep. Mike Simpson is part of a bipartisan group cosponsoring new legislation to prevent the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating greenhouse gas emissions under the Clean Air Act.
H.R. 4572 was introduced Tuesday by Reps. Ike Skelton, D-Mo., Jo Ann Emerson, R-Mo., and House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson, D-Minn.
In December, EPA released a finding that greenhouse gas is an endangerment to human health under the Clean Air Act. That move gives the agency authority to regulate emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases, even though Congress hasn't passed a climate change bill.
“The EPA’s recent decision was a shot across Congress’s bow, telling us that if we don’t act quickly to pass sweeping, controversial climate change legislation, the EPA is going to do it for us,” Simpson said in a news release. “Unelected bureaucrats at EPA should not be allowed to circumvent the legislative process or override the will of the American people. It’s clear that we need to take action through H.R. 4572 to prevent them from doing so.”
H.R. 4572 would amend the Clean Air Act to clarify that it does not allow for regulation of greenhouse gases on the basis of global climate change, Simpson said. It would also prevent EPA from following through with additional regulations proposed last year to use calculations of indirect land use changes associated with the production of biofuels in determining renewable fuels policy.
“Over the past year, I’ve heard from farmers, ranchers, and employers all over the state who are deeply concerned about current efforts to push through sweeping environmental policy reforms without regard for the impact they are having on the economy and job creation,” Simpson said. “We must work to develop real solutions to our nation’s energy and environmental challenges, and I believe that H.R. 4572 is a good first step.”
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