Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Republican EPA Chiefs: No Excuse for Congressional Climate Inaction

 By John H. Cushman Jr., InsideClimate 

News Hearing meant to highlight some bipartisanship on EPA's new climate plan did more to expose the deep partisan divide over the issue.
Sen. John Barrasso of Wyoming, a Republican, speaks at an Environment and Public Works Subcommittee hearing on Tuesday. At the hearing, four former Republican EPA adminstartors told Congress that it must step up to the responsibility of tackling climate change. Credit: C-Span

By inviting four former Republican heads of the Environmental Protection Agency to testify in favor of prompt climate change action, Democrats on a Senate committee hoped to highlight some degree of bipartisan support for the EPA's crackdown on carbon emissions from power plants.

The four duly defended the agency and disputed the notion that air pollution regulations are harmful to the economy. They also declared their acceptance of the established science on man-made global warming as an increasingly compelling reason to cut emissions.

"We have a scientific consensus around this issue. We also need a political consensus," said Christine Todd Whitman, who was George W. Bush's EPA administrator, but who quit after the White House decided against controlling CO2 under the Clean Air Act, as the Obama administration is doing now. MORE


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