Congressman Blackburn has been a steady leader on the issue of Energy since her first days in Congress. With a clear understanding of the devastating effects of rising energy costs on all Tennesseans, she's made fighting for their interests a key priority. Marsha knows that rising costs -- whether they are higher electric rates or increased costs for gasoline -- most people simply can't afford it.
Tennessee is home to men and women who spend every day working the land. Tennesseans are the true environmentalists and conservationists, those for whom clean air and clean water isn't an abstract notion, but the vital force that keeps our staple crops growing. These individuals are also among the hardest hit by escalating energy prices.
As a member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, Congressman Blackburn works hard to make sure the needs of hardworking Tennesseans are represented in Washington.
She strongly supports the underlying goals of our nation's environmental laws like the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act, and those that protect our National Parks and wildlife habitat. But a common sense approach to maintain a clean environment must reflect the views of those individuals who are most affected by it, and voices at the local level should not be drowned out by federal regulatory overtones originating in Washington D.C.
To bring down the price at the pump and keep the economy going, we need a menu of clean, responsible energy options; not winners and losers chosen by the environmental lobby.
Congressman Blackburn opposes the Cap & Trade scheme that institutes billions in new taxes but does not do much to create more energy or help the environment. She knows that the EPA is willing to implement this scheme without the consent of Congress and with little regard for the economic impact by restricting carbon dioxide emissions through the Clean Air Act. To stop this bureaucratic overreach and preserve Congressional authority (not to mention your wallet) Marsha Blackburn has sponsored H.R. 97 which will prohibit the EPA from regulating carbon emissions under the Clean Air Act. She supports efforts Senator Inhofe and Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee, Fred Upton, are making to roll back the EPA.