Congressman Parker Griffith, along with Republican leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, U.S. Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, and 83 other Republicans, introduced a resolution to put a stop to the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) attempt to establish a backdoor national energy tax. They introduced H.J. Res. 77, a resolution of disapproval on the EPA's move to regulate carbon dioxide as a pollutant.
The resolution of disapproval would overturn an EPA rule that would make carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases a danger to public health. The regulations were initiated from the EPA's endangerment finding put out last year, which was fatally flawed. Under the Clean Air Act, the EPA's endangerment finding would make carbon dioxide -- something that is necessary to sustain life on earth -- a regulated pollutant.
"The EPA's endangerment finding is a backdoor attempt to institute a national energy tax that will do nothing to neither create jobs nor help our economy," Griffith said. "This EPA regulation is simply a national energy tax that will raise costs for consumers and ship jobs overseas.
"The endangerment finding and resulting regulation is just another massive intrusion of government into the U.S. economy. This action will stifle economic growth and kill jobs, especially in the manufacturing and agricultural sectors. It needs to be overturned.
"I am disappointed that the majority leadership in Congress feels it appropriate to punish our businesses while we are climbing out of a recession. As our country has a lingering 10 percent unemployment rate, it is more important than ever that EPA's actions be opposed."
In time, the new pollution control rules would potentially slam millions of very small sources of Green House Gas emissions, which include office buildings, hotels, restaurants, hospitals, churches, farms and other small businesses. EPA admits that, without regulatory action, the rules flowing from the endangerment finding would subject millions of entities to new permitting requirements, would cost hundreds of billions of dollars just to do the paperwork and processing, be administratively impossible, and do little to protect the environment. The resolution introduced by Republicans clears away this barrier to job creation.
Last year, Griffith voted against the cap and trade bill, H.R. 2454, as it creates a complicated and inefficient approach to carbon reduction with no real guarantee that the U.S. will achieve its carbon reduction goals.
Griffith is a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.
A copy of the resolution can be found here.