In an interview with Chris Wallace on Fox News, the incoming chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee said he will fight Obama's plan for the EPA to regulate greenhouse gas emissions. Republican Congressman Fred Upton told Wallace that the new GOP-led House won't "let this administration regulate what they've been unable to legislate."
On the one hand, we shouldn't be surprised. This is coming from someone who supports drilling in the Arctic, and who openly opposes government aid for renewable energy and making utilities generate some power through alternative energy.
But Upton has also advocated taking action on global warming. On his website a recent statement read, "I strongly believe that everything must be on the table as we seek to reduce carbon emissions. Climate change is a serious problem that necessitates serious solutions."
When Wallace raised the since-vanished web statement, Upton responded, "We want to do this in a reasonable way," adding, "I don't think that we have to regulate carbon to the degree we have a carbon tax or you have a cap-and-trade system."
Looks like we've gotten a taste of what the swing to GOP power might mean for federal environmental policy.
(via Huffington Post)