Republicans, industry react with outrage

“Congressional Republicans and business groups are denouncing the EPA’s finding that greenhouse gas emissions endanger human health. …

“If the Democrat Congress can’t kill jobs by passing a national energy tax, then the Obama Environmental Protection Agency will,” warned Rep. Mike Pence, chairman of the House Republican Conference. …

“It seems liberal Democrats will stop at nothing to overcome the strong objections of the American people to a cap and tax system,” Pence said. …

In November, the economy shed 11,000 jobs, and Pence said the EPA’s endangerment finding “will kill even more jobs at a time when more than 15 million workers are unemployed.”

Beyond the job concerns, Pence said the EPA has no business doing an end-run around Congress: “The American people should have their voices heard in this monumental decision.” …

The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) says the EPA apparently ignored the concerns voiced by the manufacturing industry:

“The endangerment finding will have a cascading effect on the ability of all manufacturers to grow and prosper,” said Keith McCoy, NAM’s vice president of energy and resources policy.

“By declaring GHG emissions a threat to public health and welfare through its endangerment finding, the EPA is paving the way to begin regulating carbon emissions across the board, including large stationary sources such as manufacturing plants, hospitals and libraries under the Clean Air Act.” …

NAM agrees that Congress, not the EPA, is the body that should address such issues, and it expressed disappointment with the EPA’s “power-grab move.”

“The EPA is moving forward with an agenda that will put additional burdens on manufacturers, cost jobs and drive up the price of energy. This finding comes when unemployment is hovering at 10 percent, and many manufacturers are struggling to stay in business. … [T]his endangerment finding … is certain to come at a huge cost to the economy,” McCoy said.

“We … urge the EPA to think about the economic harm it is inflicting before moving forward with additional rules.” …

[Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) said] “The administration’s endangerment finding will lead to a wave of new regulations and bureaucracy that will wreak havoc on the American economy, destroy millions of jobs, and force consumers to pay more for electricity and gasoline.”” “EPA Attempt to Regulate Greenhouse Gas Emissions Will Kill Jobs, Critics Warn


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  1. Anonymous Says:

    If people want a green world.then stop buying Chineese products.China frustrated the COP top,now people of the world decide themselves.No more "made by china" unless approved by a green label.We make china transparent! That should be done anyway.Digital democracy of the third millennium: how can you expect yourgovernment to take responsibility if you do not even bother about a greenlabel ?You don't have to wait tille the next top, start yourselves, start today, start small! If governments want to join, they shloud implement green labels. Imagine a green label, next to "made by china" People expect government to solve the problem of inresponsible consumption.People who care act.

  2. jblethen Says:

    We already have a green world, and it's getting greener, thanks to increasing CO2. China did the world a favor by blocking the senseless Dopenhagen hypocrisy.

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