Showing once again his strong and consistent opposition to the EPA's attempts at a backdoor national energy tax and making carbon dioxide a regulated pollutant, U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-9) is co-sponsoring a House Resolution of Disapproval of EPA Action preventing the implementation of such job-killing regulations proposed by the President and the Majority in Congress.
Luetkemeyer is also a co-sponsor of H.R. 391, legislation introduced by Congressman Marsha Blackburn (TN-07) that would legislatively prohibit EPA from regulating carbon dioxide under the Clean Air Act. He also voted against the job-killing cap and trade legislation currently pending in the Senate that would create a national energy tax.
"The EPA's endangerment finding is a backdoor attempt to institute a national energy tax that will cap our economy and trade jobs," Luetkemeyer said. "The endangerment finding represents a clear and present danger to our economy and to all of our efforts to provide the conditions for job growth and prosperity. It has been rushed out the door by this Administration and the EPA, without regard to its overall economic impacts and despite the EPA's own acknowledgement that their proposal will cause job losses in the United States. Now more than ever, with the national unemployment rate hovering around 10 percent, the EPA's actions must be opposed."
Under the endangerment finding -- and the regulatory and legal red tape that flow from this expansion of government into our economic lives -- the pace of U.S. economic growth will be stifled by the EPA and its controversial enforcement of environmental laws. In time, the new permitting and pollution control rules for these entities could potentially affect millions of very small sources of GHG emissions -- office buildings, hotels, restaurants, hospitals, churches, farms and other small businesses.