Montana's Congressman, Denny Rehberg, has cosponsored a bill that would prevent the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from enforcing a change to its definition of "air pollution" in the Clean Air Act to include greenhouse gasses. The regulation of greenhouse gasses, which includes carbon dioxide and water vapor, is also the subject of controversial and unpopular cap-and-tax legislation currently stalled in the U.S. Senate.
"This decision means the federal government now has the authority to regulate everything from carbon dioxide to water vapor," said Rehberg, a member of the House Appropriations Committee. "Every breath we take, every word we utter is now subject to EPA regulations. The American people need room to breathe so I've sponsored HR 391 to do just that. I hope my colleagues will join me because the hot air that comes out of the U.S. House would qualify us as a superfund site."
Rehberg, who has consistently supported reasonable efforts to reduce man's impact on the environment, has also condemned efforts to hamstring the U.S. economy with an energy tax on carbon emissions.
H.R. 391 would actively exclude carbon dioxide, water vapor and other so-called greenhouse gasses from the definition of the term "air pollutant" in the Clean Air Act.
"This is an effort to pour cement into the gears of an economic recovery," said Rehberg. "Worse, it's an end-around on the American people. The EPA works for us, not the other way around."