House Democrats Opposed to Restricting EPA Authority Now, Supported it in 2009

April 5, 2011 09:01

House Democrats, in passing the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009, stripped the EPA of the power they now want to preserve. That legislation was written by Waxman and Rep. Edward Markey (D-Mass.), another signatory of the April 4 letter.

By Matt Cover at


House Democrats led by Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) have sent a letter to Speaker John Boehner opposing Republican efforts to shut down the Environmental Protection Agency’s authority to regulate “greenhouse gas” emissions.

Two years ago, however, House Democrats – again led by Waxman – voted to deny the EPA just such authority.

Waxman, the committee’s ranking member, wrote in the letter to Boehner Monday that denying the EPA the authority under the Clean Air Act to regulate greenhouse gases – carbon dioxide (CO2) and other substances blamed for climate change – would have disastrous consequences for the environment.

“A well-documented rise in global temperatures has coincided with a significant increase in the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Respected scientists believe the two trends are related,” Justice John Paul Stevens wrote for the court, finding that the EPA indeed had the authority to regulate greenhouse gases as air pollutants.

This time around, climate change was completely absent from Waxman’s defense of the EPA.


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