Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), member of the House Energy & Commerce Committee, voted for the Energy Tax Prevention Act at a Committee markup today. This bill clarifies that the Clean Air Act of 1990 authorizes the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to monitor and regulate pollutants; not to address climate change through the regulation of greenhouse gasses. The bill passed the Committee and now moves to the House floor.
"We need to strike the proper balance between job creation and environmental protection," said Rep. McMorris Rodgers. "Unfortunately, the EPA's repeated attempts to impose a "Cap and Trade-like system' through the backdoor will upset that balance to the tune of higher energy prices and the loss of thousands, if not millions, of jobs. We cannot allow what happened to America's health care industry to happen to our energy industry. The bill we passed today merely clarifies existing law to protect our economy, preserve jobs, and reduce the risk of higher energy prices."
On Feb. 9, 2011, Rep. McMorris Rodgers endorsed the Energy Tax Prevention Act at a Republican Leadership press conference. "At a time when there are 28 million Americans who would like a full-time job but don't have one, we can't afford another job-crushing Big Government scheme," she said.