Today Rep. Anna G. Eshoo (D-Palo Alto) voted against H.R. 910, a bill to prevent the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from regulating greenhouse gases. The bill repeals the scientific determination made by the EPA that greenhouse gases threaten public health and welfare.
"As gas prices rise and turmoil increases in the Middle East, we should be voting on legislation to decrease our dependence on oil. We should be voting to drive innovation in clean energy industries. We should be voting to assure our future security, achieve energy independence, and leave the next generation with a healthy world," Rep. Eshoo said. "Instead we're voting on a bill to gut the Clean Air Act and prevent the EPA from fulfilling its mission -- to protect the health and environment of the American people."
Effects of the bill include:
* Overturning the Supreme Court's opinion finding that EPA has the authority to regulate greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act.
* Prohibiting EPA from requiring additional reductions of greenhouse gas emissions from motor vehicles and repeal California's authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from motor vehicles.
* Prohibiting EPA from requiring reductions of greenhouse gas emissions from other mobile sources, such as planes, trains, boats, and large construction equipment.
* Interfering with EPA's ability to address ozone-depleting chemicals and substitutes for such chemicals.
* Undermining the Administration's ability to negotiate with Mexico and Canada on ozone-depleting chemicals that have high global warming potentials.
"My Republican colleagues have abdicated their responsibilities as leaders and buried their heads in the sand rather than address a looming global crisis. They have continually ignored the overwhelming scientific consensus that man-made climate change is a threat, and with this bill they have gone a step further--legislating against science itself," Rep. Eshoo said.
"This bill further binds us to fossil fuels, weakens our nation's ability to fight one of the most critical issues facing us today, and worst of all, chains America to the past, instead of leading the world into the future."
H.R. 910 has been opposed by the National Academy of Sciences, the American Lung Association, American Public Health Association, United Auto Workers, former senior military officers, and thousands of scientists and public health workers, among others. A list of letters in opposition to the bill can be found here.
H.R. 910 passed by a vote of 255-172.