The Key New Year’s Resolution: Stop the EPA
Hugh Hewitt|Town Hall
Rolling back Obamacare will be at the top of many to-do lists for 2011, but a far more significant power grab is underway at the United States Environmental Protection Agency, and blocking it should be the first priority of incoming chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee Fred Upton.
The good news is that Upton agrees and has already begun planning to stop the EPA before it can begin the process of asserting effective control over every business and many millions of households in the United States.
In an op-ed Upton co-authored with Tim Phillips, president of Americans for Prosperity, in Monday’s Wall Street Journal and again on my radio show yesterday, Upton promised vigorous action by his committee to halt the EPA’s attempt to accomplish via backdoor regulation what the Congress could not pass in 2009 or 2010 –a global warming-inspired, job-killing array of federal rules and commands on any operation or system that emits carbon dioxide.
This is cap-and-trade or cap-and-tax by another name and via an extraordinary power grab sanctioned by President Obama and his environmental “csar” Carol Browner and being executed by one of the most determined of all of Team Obama’s big government disciplines, Lisa Jackson, administrator of EPA.