US House votes to curb climate regulation

The US House of Representatives passed a bill aiming to curb the EPA's regulatory powers
The US House of Representatives on Thursday approved a bill aimed at preventing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from regulating greenhouse gases blamed for global warming.

The US House of Representatives on Thursday approved a bill aimed at preventing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from regulating greenhouse gases blamed for global warming.

The 255-172 vote in the Republican-held chamber came a day after the Democratic-led Senate rejected such a move, making it highly unlikely lawmakers will actually move to curb EPA's regulatory powers.

US President has already signaled he opposes such a step, but Republicans have said EPA's moves to limit such emissions could dampen job creation as the economy drags itself out of the worst downturn in 80 years.

Republicans have also sought to tie the measure to a sharp rise in gasoline prices, saying new restrictions would drive energy costs sharply higher.

The US House of Representatives approved a cap-and-trade bill to fight in 2009, but the Senate never approved such a measure.

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Apr 08, 2011
Ladies and gentlemen, the Republican party. A perpetual crusade against the environment and tirelessly opposing any Democratic initiative. If nothing gets done during Obama's term, it's primarily because Republicans have spent all their time blocking progress. They should spend half that time cooperating.

Seriously, the Democrats removed the public option in the health care reform. That was a huge compromise. What did the Republicans compromise on? And now they want to repeal the reform all together. We're screwed in this country.

Apr 08, 2011
What did the Republicans compromise on? They weren't even invited to help craft the damn Obamacare bill, why should they be expected to cave and "compromise"? Either way you look at it the healthcare bill was crap and shouldn't have been passed - we are just now discovering bit by bit what boatloads of Constitution-rending, economy-destroying garbage the dumbocrats shoved into the bill and got passed. Not that I'm suggesting Republicans are our saviors or anything, just that was a stupid argument to make to prove how evil the Republican party is. Both are just opposite faces of the same greedy, contemptible coin.

Apr 08, 2011
It doesn't have much of a chance, but I certainly hope this becomes law!

Apr 08, 2011
All of this goeverning and policies snafus must have come from the different brain structures between liberals and conservatives!



Apr 08, 2011
Why do Republicans think that more poison in our environment (that is harming their own children) is a good thing that creates Jobs? Why can't they realize that lowering poison in our environment can also create jobs, while improving the health of them, their children and their grandchildren?

Their way of thinking (or not thinking) seems pathological to me. I just don't get it.

Apr 08, 2011
CO2 is not poison, it is a vital nutrient in every organism on Earth. The human body is about 18% carbon. Congress considered the same policy which EPA is now imposing by fiat, and rejected it. Liberals, not to be deterred by Congress, found a way around the clear will of Congress. The liberals on the US supreme court in a 100% party-line opinion said the EPA could impose policy. It is sad that so many court opinions are pure party-line actions. The higher level of CO2 has boosted plant life on Earth by 20-30% so far, with little effect on temperature. In the 20 years since the dire predictions of global warming were made, none have come true. It is clear the global warming model and theory is wrong and ought to be reformulated. This time, they ought to include the Sun, the decadal ocean temperature oscillations, cloud effects, cosmic rays, and a more accurate model of atmospheric humidity.

Apr 08, 2011
JamesThomas - Poison in the environment? Only rich, industrial societies can afford to even CARE about the environment. There is no good reason to ever regulate CO2, although I'll admit there are many truly terrible reasons to. But those reasons don't so much "help the environment" as "destroy liberty" and "harm the economy", not to mention "give a flying round-house gut-kick to industry's ability to create jobs".

Your way of not thinking seems pathological to me, but that's OK, I can tell that you don't get it, just as you said. We're in agreement there.

Apr 11, 2011
I fully expect they will also legislate away any accountability should the projections of global climate change science come to pass- after all they can say- who could'a foreseen that? Of course- that won't change the outcome but if our civilization does collapse as a result, at least it won't include officially sanctioned finger pointing.

Apr 11, 2011
modern conservative thought is public enemy number one. It is anti-compromise (due to religious influence), anti-health, anti-tolerance, anti-education, pro-business/rich at the expense of middle/low class, anti-labor, anti-race, anti-gay, anti-progress. It is comprised of nothing but ignorance, greed, religious fever and paranoia.

Apr 18, 2011
Only rich, industrial societies can afford to even CARE about the environment.

Only the dead can afford not to.

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