Fleming Supports Resolution to Stop National Energy Tax - Good for the Haynesville?

March 2, 2010
Contact: Jamie Hennigan

Washington, DC Congressman John Fleming, M.D., today announced support for a resolution to put a stop to the Environmental Protection Agencys attempt to establish a backdoor national energy tax. The resolution of disapproval would prevent the implementation of job-killing regulations posed by the Obama administration. These regulations are premised on the EPAs recent endangerment finding and would make carbon dioxide something that is necessary to sustain life on earth a regulated pollutant under the Clean Air Act.

“This reckless regulation lays the ground work for a type of bureaucratically enacted national energy tax which could destroy millions of American jobs and result in trillions of dollars in lost economic activity,” said Fleming. “Let there be no doubt about it, regulations based on emissions will disproportionately negatively affect rural areas like my district in Northwest Louisiana and have an equally devastating effect on farmers and small businesses across the country.”

“During the State of the Union, we heard President Obama proclaim that job creation should be this countrys main focus. Yet, with more than 15 million Americans unemployed, we see this Administration advancing climate change policies that will drive up costs and ship American jobs overseas. I urge the President to stay true to his word and work with Republicans to advance common-sense ideas that will reign-in government spending, cut our deficits and restore the thing this country wants most: jobs, jobs, jobs!”

Under the endangerment finding and the regulatory and legal red tape that flow from this expansion of government into our economic lives the pace of U.S. economic growth will be stifled by the EPA and its controversial enforcement of environmental laws. In time, the new permitting and pollution control rules for these entities would potentially affect millions of very small sources of “greenhouse gas” (GHG) emissions office buildings, hotels, restaurants, hospitals, churches, farms and other small businesses.

John Fleming is a physician and small business owner and represents the 4th Congressional District of Louisiana. He is a member of the House Armed Services and Natural Resources Committees.


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Comment by essay on March 3, 2010 at 17:16
i think the question should be, is it good for this country? which i would answer, hell to the no. carbon regulation is one of a series of nightmares loaded up in the chute.

there is no reason we could not enact legislation that would "nudge" electrical utilities into idling dirty old coal plants, using NG-fired capacity that we already have

so, if "the environment" is the true motivator behind the so-called "carbon tax" why haven't we done this already? nothing else will be so simple or effective, period.

short or maybe even medium term relief with nuclear is more pie in the sky nonsense, not because i think nuclear is bad, just because i have no faith in our government's ability to permit and construct nuclear power plants with union labor in a timely manner.

this administration has no energy policy much beyond making it cost more.

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