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Issue: H.R. 910 Energy Tax Prevention Act of 2011. Sponsor Fred Upton (R-MI 6).

Result: Passed in House, 255 to 172, 5 not voting. Democrats scored.

Bill Summary:  Amends the Clean Air Act to prohibit the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from promulgating any regulation concerning, taking action relating to, or taking into consideration the emission of a greenhouse gas (GHG) to address climate change. Excludes GHGs from the definition of “air pollutant” for purposes of addressing climate change.

Analysis:  Following the break-up of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War, the Internationalist Insiders decided to advance climate crises (real or imaginary) as a pretext for building their new world order. Through their UN tool they (and Al Gore) have invested heavily in asserting scientific support for dangerous manmade global warming.

The eco-lobby sought to use the Clean Air Act as a vehicle for regulating industrial carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, alleging that greenhouse gases posed a danger to public health and should be regulated. (Of course, humans and all animals exhale CO2 and plants thrive on it).

Following a 2007 Supreme Court decision, the EPA issued four regulations to curtail CO2 emissions, which drew opposition from some industry groups and states, including Texas. In June of 2012, a U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. circuit handed the Obama administration a victory and upheld the EPA actions as authorized by existing law.

However, a significant portion of the public has finally become aware that the evidence for the claim that manmade greenhouse gases were causing global warming was flawed and that costly efforts to reduce CO2 that hamper the economy were unjustified. Some conservative politicians climbed on board.

Although the ostensible purpose of H.R.910 to block the EPA regulations is sound, the sponsors still were not willing to stand up and yell foul.   A non-binding declaration in H.R. 910 still gives the power-grabbing environmentalists and their internationalist sponsors their due:

“It is the sense of Congress that — … (3) the United States has a role to play in resolving global climate change matters on an international basis; and (4) Congress should fulfill that role by developing policies that do not adversely affect the American economy, energy supplies, and employment.”

         The vote on this measure was primarily for the purpose of GOP posturing (following passage, the measure went nowhere in the Senate and would have been rejected by the President in any event). The easy GOP vote was 236 to 0, with 4 not voting.   We ignore those votes. But we give credit to those 19 Democrats who stood apart from their party’s leadership to register their disapproval of the oppressive EPA regulations.

We have assigned (good vote) to the Yeas and (bad vote) to the Nays. (P = voted present; ? = not voting; blank = not listed on roll call.)

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