The Environmental Protection Agency came under fire from all sides this week, specifically its authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions. Thankfully, the Senate voted down four provisions that would have stripped the agency of its power to protect American health and natural resources – but the House of Representatives did not follow suit.
In a vote of 255-172, the U.S. House approved a bill offered by Representative Fred Upton which completely strips EPA of all ability to regulate greenhouse gases and safeguard the nation from the impacts of climate change.
Rodger Schlickeisen, president and CEO of Defenders of Wildlife said, “Today’s House vote to strip the EPA of its ability to regulate harmful greenhouse gases clearly demonstrates that kowtowing to the selfish interests of dirty polluters is more important to its members than protecting the health of ordinary Americans. The public must hold these members accountable for voting to protect Big Oil instead of our right to clean air and water.”