NAT GAS Act: A Groundbreaking Reversal
Over at Red State, the Club for Growth’s Chris Chocola makes an excellent point about the NAT GAS Act. An overlooked provision “basically lends credibility to the EPA’s ability to regulate greenhouse gas emissions, something opposed to by many Republicans in Congress.”
There are two key elements of Section 403 of H.R.1380. One is less than it appears, and the other is nothing short of groundbreaking.
The first is the affirmation that the EPA should play a role in fuel economy and mobile greenhouse gas emission regulations.
It is the sense of the Congress that the Environmental Protection Agency new fuel economy and greenhouse gas emission regulations for medium- and heavy-duty engines and vehicles…
A person who follows these issues closely noted Congressional Republicans have acknowledged as much. Section 3 of S.482/H.R.950 preserves one national standard for automobiles, via the Clean Air Act. As Heritage has pointed out, the EPA’s tailpipe rule is both costly, ineffective and bad for consumers. However, the auto industry (and subsequently Congress) acquiesced to the EPA’s role and standards. In other words, nothing surprising there.
The second, however, is astounding.
Such regulations should take into account the petroleum reductions provided by such vehicles and also quantify all greenhouse gas emission reductions provided by natural gas powered engines and vehicles.
In essence, the section affirms that reducing greenhouse gases is a worthwhile policy goal for federal lawmakers. That is certainly not a traditional Republican position. A quick search of the GOP’s Pledge to America reveals no mention of “climate change,” “global warming” or “greenhouse gases.”
Proponents of big-government have deftly used the issue of global warming, grabbing power and resources at every twist and turn while strengthening the central government. Fortunately, some Republicans are beginning to see the light.
Earlier this month, Reps. Stevan Pearce (R-NM) and Todd Akin (R-MO) withdrew their co-sponsorship. And today, Reps. Tim Griffin (R-AR) and Glenn Thompson (R-PA) did the same. Kudos to them.