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Committee on AgricultureCommittee on Energy and CommerceCommittee on Natural ResourcesCommittee on Transportation and InfrastructureWater Resources and EnvironmentIntroducedJanuary 24th, 2017
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Stopping EPA Overreach Act of 2017
To prevent the Environmental Protection Agency from exceeding its statutory authority in ways that were not contemplated by the Congress.
Stopping EPA Overreach Act of 2017 This bill amends the Clean Air Act to exclude carbon dioxide, water vapor, methane, nitrous oxide, hydrofluorocarbons, perfluorocarbons, and sulfur hexafluoride pollution from the scope of that Act. The bill declares that current law does not authorize or require the regulation of climate change or global warming and nullifies certain final rules relating to: (1) greenhouse gas and volatile organic compounds emissions, including methane emissions, from the oil and natural gas sector; and (2) carbon pollution emissions from the utility power sector. Before proposing or finalizing regulations or policies, the Environmental Protection Agency must analyze the net and gross impact of those regulations and policies on employment. Regulations and policies may not take effect if they have a negative impact on employment, unless they are approved by Congress and signed by the President.
The GOP's seeming disdain for the environment and any rule or agency that seeks to protect or preserve it is myopic and willfully ignorant at best and utterly inhuman at worst. Climate change exists. Choosing to ignore it WILL (not MAY) cost a vast number of human lives, make the US less safe (as US defense agencies have warned repeatedly) and exacerbate our immigration issues (as US defense agencies have also warned repeatedly).
Leave the EPA alone and let them do their job of protecting Americans! Please don't choose to ignore America's past battles with pollution from which the need of a regulatory body was created. The patchwork of state regulations aren't a suitable replacement for this important federal agency. If the EPA is weakened or abolished, many Americans may be poisoned by their own local environment which will lead to more sickness (healthcare!) and lawsuits!
The EPA is set up in a way that can proactively protect Americans from pollution disasters such as Love Canal, and imposing restrictions on the ability to identify and regulate emerging contaminants only increases the harm done to American public health.
This bill is a terrible idea! The EPA protects us and our environment from the immediacy of greed!! I have seen in my lifetime the positive effects of strong environmental regulation. It breaks my heart to think that some people, would turn back the clock. PLANET BEFORE PROFITS!!
The regulations are to protect the people, not corporations. Create more jobs and financial increases (which is what the republicans believe they will do by deregulating costly requirements) by investing in clean energy and power. Encourage job training in that industry. There will be no people to spend their money if there is no environment for them to live in. People will not accept going backwards.