EPA Administrator Testifies Before House Republicans, Defends Clean Air Act

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Photo Credit: Dori, Smokestacks, in Champaign, Illinois

Eighteen of America’s leading scientific societies have written that multiple lines of evidence show humans are changing the climate, that contrary assertions are inconsistent with an objective assessment of the vast body of peer-reviewed science, and that ongoing climate change will have broad impacts on society, including the global economy and the environment.

Chairman Upton’s bill would, in its own words, repeal that scientific finding. Politicians overruling scientists on a scientific question– that would become part of this Committee’s legacy. -EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson

EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson testified before the House energy subcommittee under Republican rule on Wednesday. Republicans Rep. Fred Upton and Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla) introduced legislation that would eliminate Clean Air Act protections against smokestack and other types of pollution causing the climate crisis.

The Conservatives framed the discussion in terms of jobs. Rep. John Shimkus (R-Ill.) claimed, in his state, 14,000 miners jobs were lost to the Clean Air Act” and rejected Jackson’s estimate that clean energy technology will create 1.5 million jobs.

Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich) said EPA regulations would “reduce manufacturing output in Michigan by $3 billion.”

The GOP members didn’t even allow scientists to testify as opposed to House Democrats who were in control during the last session of congress. They don’t believe, or claim to not believe, human activity contributes to global warming. Jackson said she was acting under the Supreme Court ruling allowed that the EPA could enforce the Clean Air Act, including heavy carbon emissions. The Republicans rejected that saying they disagreed with her interpretation of the ruling.

EPA’s implementation of the Act also has contributed to dynamic growth in the U.S. environmental technologies industry and its workforce. In 2008, that industry generated nearly $300 billion in revenues and $44 billion in exports. -Lisa P. Jackson

Once again facts and scientific findings are being regarded as opinions to be disagreed with. Things aren’t looking good for the Clean Air Act…or those who like breathing clean air.

Src: washingtonpost.com

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