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House Passes Upton Bill to Protect Jobs from EPA’s Backdoor Cap-and-Trade Efforts

Upton’s bill would prevent EPA from singlehandedly imposing new, costly greenhouse gas regulations that will send U.S. jobs overseas, increase gas and energy prices

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Washington, DC, April 7, 2011 | Meghan Kolassa ((202) 225-3761) | comments

The U.S. House of Representatives today passed bipartisan legislation coauthored by Congressman Fred Upton (R-St. Joseph), Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which would protect jobs and keep gas and energy prices low by preventing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from regulating the emission of greenhouse gases to address climate change.  H.R. 910, the Energy Tax Prevention Act of 2011, passed the House this afternoon by a vote of 255 - 172.  The bill now moves to the Senate for consideration.

“Today’s vote was a victory for Michigan families who stand to bear the greatest costs of EPA’s overreaching regulations,” said Upton. “This is the same debate we had last year when both Congress and the American people soundly rejected the cap-and-trade regulatory scheme.  The rules supported by EPA seek the same ends as cap-and-trade and are no less costly in terms of lost American jobs and higher energy prices.  Left unchecked, EPA’s actions would have a devastating impact on jobs, U.S. competitiveness, and domestic energy prices.  Southwest Michigan’s families and small business owners have struggled and sacrificed long enough.  They will not stand by as a group of unelected bureaucrats indefinitely prolong our economic recovery.”

The Energy Tax Prevention Act simply prevents EPA from using the Clean Air Act to regulate greenhouse gases, an intention that Congress explicitly rejected when the Clean Air Act was last reauthorized in 1990.  H.R. 910 preserves the Clean Air Act as it stands today and does not prevent EPA from continuing to monitor and reduce nearly 200 hazardous pollutants – like lead and ozone – that damage public health.

Because EPA’s greenhouse gas regulations are designed to achieve similar goals as cap-and-trade legislation, these regulations are similarly expected to drive up energy prices for families and make it more expensive for small businesses to hire and do business.

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