Congressman Fred Upton (R-Michigan)
Michigan’s Fred Upton, who became the chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee in early January, is a climate change denier, reversing a position he took when he told his home town paper, the River Country Journal, in 1999 that, “Climate change is a serious problem that necessitates serious solutions. Everything must be on the table – particularly renewable sources of energy like wind and solar, nuclear power and clean coal technologies.”
In an interview this week at a public forum with journalist Ron Brownstein, when asked to explain why a bill he introduced with Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK) challenging an Environmental Protection Agency finding portrays climate change as “possible.” Upton said, “I have said many times, and there was a report a couple of weeks ago that in fact you look at this last year, it was the warmest year in the last decade, I think was the number that came out. I don’t — I accept that. I do not say that it is man-made and I know from the hearings that we had that even if cap and trade had been enacted, it would not have changed the temperature by a tenth of a degree, virtually anywhere in the world.” The video of that interview went viral Tuesday.
Texas Attorney General, Greg Abbott
So when the Texas Attorney General, Greg Abbott appeared today before a subcommittee of the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee, complaining that the Environmental Protection Agency’s regulations are, in his opinion, contrary to the Clean Air Act, his complaints were not met by unsympathetic ears. (more…)
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Well, we’ve waited for these, and here they are, the Committee Chairs for your 82nd Texas Legislature:
Agriculture & Livestock: Representative Rick Hardcastle (R-Vernon)
Appropriations: Representative Jim Pitts (R-Waxahachie)
Border & Intergovernmental Affairs: Representative Veronica Gonzales (D-McAllen)
Business & Industry: Representative Joe Deshotel (D-Beaumont)
Calendars: Representative Todd Hunter (R-Corpus Christi)
Corrections: Representative Jerry Madden (R-Richardson)
County Affairs: Representative Garnet Coleman (D-Houston)
Criminal Jurisprudence: Pete Gallego (D-Alpine)
Culture, Recreation & Tourism: Representative Ryan Guillen (D-Rio Grande City)
Defense & Veterans’ Affairs: Representative Joe Pickett (D-El Paso) (more…)
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Texas’ Attorney General, Greg Abbott is taking his fight with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to Washington DC today.
Abbot will testify before the House Energy and Commerce Committee on how he believes the EPA’s policies are affecting Texas.
Abbott, TCEQ and the governor have been on the warpath against the EPA for some time. Abbott, has filed lawsuits against the EPA defending Texas’ flexible permit program that allows certain industries an exemption from having to disclose pollution for each individual smokestack at a facility and allowing them to aggregate all emissions from the plant together. Click here to read an earlier blog post on Texas’ flex permit program. The TCEQ didn’t even send a representative to an EPA public meeting in Dallas about the DFW’s efforts to come into compliance with the federal clean air standards. Abbot is also challenging the EPA’s efforts to regulated greenhouse gases. In late January, Abbott sent a letter to President Obama and congressional leaders asking them to push legislation limiting the EPA’s reach.
Abbot will make an opening statement and then take questions from the committee.
Abbott is the only state attorney general scheduled to testify today, according to the committee’s witness list. Others on the list include EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, National Black Chamber of Commerce President Harry Alford and representatives from industries.
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