Murkowski’s amendment to stop EPA from regulating greenhouse gases fails, 47/53

posted at 5:36 pm on June 10, 2010 by Allahpundit

And so a drama that began last December, when the EPA declared carbon dioxide to be an environmental hazard, ends predictably. Here’s the roll. All 41 Republicans voted yes — even Scotty B, despite an ad campaign in Massachusetts aimed at pressuring him to oppose the measure. Evan Bayh, Mary Landrieu, Blanche Lincoln, Ben Nelson, Mark Pryor, and even Jay Rockefeller, who hails from the coal capital of West Virginia, crossed the aisle to vote with the GOP. Result: The EPA will indeed retain its power to, in Ed’s words, “inject itself into just about every industry in the U.S.” in the name of reducing greenhouse gases. More from ABC:

Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, who offered the resolution to neuter the EPA, said that capping carbon emissions would create a new energy tax and kill jobs. Boxer pointed to the jobs lost in the Gulf of Mexico. Everyone says their side is the one that will help the job market.

Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill, accused Republicans of choosing “political science over the real science.”

And Durbin said Republicans would be siding with big oil companies if they took power from the EPA.

“Are we going to criticize them in the morning with speeches and then reward them in the afternoon by defeating this legislation?” asked Durbin…

Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyoming, said Democrats want to abdicate Congressional authority to regulate to the EPA, which, except through the President, is unaccountable to voters.

“Who elected the Environmental Protection Agency?” Barrasso asked.

Don’t cry too hard over the vote. For one thing, there was zero chance of it passing the House (although watching purple-district Democrats agonize over whether to vote for it would have been fun) and The One would have vetoed it even if it had. For another thing, consider this a trial run on the viability of cap-and-trade. If Reid can’t get 60 to agree that, yes indeed, carbon is very dangerous, he’s not getting 60 for a much broader regulatory regime like C&T. Nor, given the latest polling from Nevada, will he want to even try. Exit quotation from Dan Foster: “I don’t want to hear a liberal bemoan executive supremacy ever again. This is Congress abdicating its own authority because the Democrats know they can’t get the votes to pass cap-and-trade.”


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We’re so screwed.

Wind Rider on June 10, 2010 at 5:40 PM

You gotta give her credit, she did try.

upinak on June 10, 2010 at 5:40 PM

This will be more fuel for the Republicans in November, if they can run a good campaign.

Oil Can on June 10, 2010 at 5:41 PM

When the coyotes run the henhouse…

Inanemergencydial on June 10, 2010 at 5:41 PM

Cloward-Piven moving right along, as planned.

Daggett on June 10, 2010 at 5:41 PM

I’m soooo beyond disgusted with the Dems, and this administration. They don’t give a flip who they hurt, just so long as they can have their cake, and eat it too.

capejasmine on June 10, 2010 at 5:42 PM

Whats wrong with siding with “big oil”. I’ll take capitalism over big government anti capitalist programs anyday.

therightwinger on June 10, 2010 at 5:43 PM

This will be more fuel for the Republicans in November, if they can run a good campaign.

Oil Can on June 10, 2010 at 5:41 PM

This is a question we should ask about. All of us how the “feel” about carbon dioxide tax.

upinak on June 10, 2010 at 5:43 PM

The lines are drawn. November can’t come fast enough.

portlandon on June 10, 2010 at 5:43 PM

With the power to regulate carbon, what can they not regulate?

Joe Caps on June 10, 2010 at 5:43 PM

One more thing for opposition candidates to say they’ll repeal. I hope it works.

listens2glenn on June 10, 2010 at 5:44 PM

Perfect. That means it is up to the Executive Branch.

When we take the White House back, it can be overruled with an Presidential Executive Order.

I love double edged swords.

barnone on June 10, 2010 at 5:45 PM

I can’t hold my breath until November…

d1carter on June 10, 2010 at 5:45 PM

Listen to these Democrats acting as if they are trying to make life difficult for the evil oil companies, when it is the rest of us who will pay for this.

Terrye on June 10, 2010 at 5:47 PM

This is a question we should ask about. All of us how the “feel” about carbon dioxide tax.

upinak on June 10, 2010 at 5:43 PM

Good Question. Polls show most people don’t believe or don’t care about global warming. Good job Dems, working for the 20% left wing crowd.

Oil Can on June 10, 2010 at 5:48 PM

Meh. President Obama would have just vetoed it.

But now Democrats will look like hypocrites the next time a Republican is in charge and they cry about ‘executive overreach’ (not that it will stop them).

BadgerHawk on June 10, 2010 at 5:49 PM

Not a major deal. In fact, it forced the donks to go on record regarding how sincerely they regard legislative responsibility and separation of powers. Some nice campaign ad material.

a capella on June 10, 2010 at 5:50 PM

I can never quite decide if the Dems in the Senate are evil or just idiots. Eh… I guess both.

Sugar Land on June 10, 2010 at 5:52 PM

If Reid can’t get 60 to agree that, yes indeed, carbon is very dangerous, he’s not getting 60 for a much broader regulatory regime like C&T.

That’s all very well and good but how much damage can the EPA do all on its own without cap and tax?

WitchDoctor on June 10, 2010 at 5:52 PM

All these new powers granted to the Obama administration are frightening. I see he wants emergency control of the internet in the event of a cyber attack. Who’s going to decide when it’s really necessary? In the immortal wodrs of Biden “gird your loins.”

sandee on June 10, 2010 at 5:52 PM

BadgerHawk on June 10, 2010 at 5:49 PM

Way to not read the whole post and then repeat multiple thoughts from the last paragraph.

BadgerHawk on June 10, 2010 at 5:52 PM

Meh. President Obama would have just vetoed it.

BadgerHawk on June 10, 2010 at 5:49 PM

True, but then he would have to defend it in 2012. Plus, how can he defend it, when all the global warming data was cooked.

This is why when a good candidate, an orator, to point these things out in a debate.

Oil Can on June 10, 2010 at 5:52 PM

Meant immortal words.

sandee on June 10, 2010 at 5:52 PM

Why are the democrats in Congress ceding sooo much power to the Executive Branch?

SouthernGent on June 10, 2010 at 5:53 PM

While I would’ve preferred the measure to pass, Allah is right: This shows Dems don’t have the votes for Cap-and-Trade.

You can’t pass it with all Republicans and six Democrats opposing the EPA’s regulation of carbon.

amerpundit on June 10, 2010 at 5:54 PM

Listen to these Democrats acting as if they are trying to make life difficult for the evil oil companies, when it is the rest of us who will pay for this.

Terrye on June 10, 2010 at 5:47 PM

The right often mischaracterizes the left by claiming they only want to redistribute from the rich to the poor. It goes far, far beyond that.

It’s about control. The rich pay for special favors that keep them from being punished too much, and often delivers vast sums from average Americans into their pockets. The Dems buy votes with pork and entitlements, and the middle class (those too poor to buy favors but too ‘rich’ to receive handouts) gets squeezed.

BadgerHawk on June 10, 2010 at 5:56 PM

Obamas not going to be in office forever and all this power will be passed along to the next POTUS . It won’t seem so great to the Dems then.

sandee on June 10, 2010 at 5:56 PM

I’m back to square one.

I want to see the GOP take at least one house of Congress.

I want to see Lisa Jackson under subpoena. I want to see her sit there and sweat for eight hours a day, five days a week, for a month.

I really do. I want to see the GOP push this one until she and her minions have boils on their backsides the size of Buick hubcaps. I want to see those bastards collapse and die on C-SPAN.

A GOP House could at least ensure that EPA activities related to carbon regulation have to be funded out of Obama’s book sales.

JEM on June 10, 2010 at 5:56 PM

We should consider ourselves lucky. McCain would have passed a bill to stop ManBearPig by now.

July 10 on June 10, 2010 at 6:00 PM

Obama’s stepping up his game…instead of just appointing an unelected TOOL Czar to implement the Libspaz agenda, he’s gone and done an end around on Crap and Tax and appointed a lumbering, inept bureaucracy to do it.

Well done.

BigWyo on June 10, 2010 at 6:02 PM

“Who elected the Environmental Protection Agency?” Barrasso asked.

We can’t have THAT, now can we…?

Seven Percent Solution on June 10, 2010 at 6:04 PM

Breathing as much as I can before the EPA bans it

mauipundit on June 10, 2010 at 6:04 PM

Why are the democrats in Congress ceding sooo much power to the Executive Branch?

SouthernGent on June 10, 2010 at 5:53 PM

Because they know they are going to lose Congress soon?

Or because they know that they will always have lefties staffing the executive branch, no matter the political philosophy of the president.

myrenovations on June 10, 2010 at 6:06 PM

Democrats, gleefully doing violence to Americans.

Speakup on June 10, 2010 at 6:08 PM

And Durbin said Republicans would be siding with big oil companies if they took power from the EPA.

And if someone had dissented he probably would have punched them in the face.

Speakup on June 10, 2010 at 6:10 PM

Whats wrong with siding with “big oil”. I’ll take capitalism over big government anti capitalist programs anyday.

therightwinger on June 10, 2010 at 5:43 PM

Tens of millions of people haven’t intentionally been slaughtered to spread capitalism.

John Deaux on June 10, 2010 at 6:13 PM

Tyranny is at the front door. Who wants to answer it.

tarpon on June 10, 2010 at 6:14 PM

Come’n. Did anyone really think this had a chance? The Dems (socialists) are for regulating everything. After they passed the health bill to regulate our health, one of the next thing on their agenda was to totally regulate emissiona which has been the environmental holy grail since day one. The regulation of carbon dioxide is the last piece in their regulation puzzle.

docdave on June 10, 2010 at 6:16 PM

Tyranny is at the front door. Who wants to answer it.

tarpon on June 10, 2010 at 6:14 PM

My roommates…Smith & Wesson….

Fighton03 on June 10, 2010 at 6:17 PM

The EPA still hasn’t designated second-hand smoke as a pollutant, yet it is classifying human-derived exhaust gasses as a pollutant? WTF?!?!

and, yes, I’m a smoker. Have been for 20 years. I don’t smoke in non-smoker’s cars, I don’t smoke around kids, and I don’t smoke in non-smoking environs. I think that my non-smoking bretheren should join with me in throwing down the righteous Bull-S*&T flag on this one. Smokers get a clean bill of health, yet people breathing do not?

viviliberoomuori on June 10, 2010 at 6:18 PM

Recall that businesses learned a lot from greenies about how to stall using the court system. This is nothing to worry about. It will work to our advantage in November and the EPA will be tied up in court until 2012 and beyond.

I’m not worried and think this is a good thing. We get yet another issue to pound on the liberals about and the EPA is not going to regulate even an ounce of CO2 – unless you live in California or some other liberal stronghold. I live in Texas and I can’t write what our response will be to the EPA, but it does involve the middle digit of your choice of hands.

gmerits on June 10, 2010 at 6:18 PM

Well, now 53 have identified themselves for firing. A different version of ‘show me your papers.’

platypus on June 10, 2010 at 6:18 PM

Dems, lead by example. Stop breathing.

theCork on June 10, 2010 at 6:19 PM

gmerits on June 10, 2010 at 6:18 PM

Yep, it’s a good thing in the overall scheme of things. However, it is (and shall always be) a total waste of taxpayer funds to even discuss something this stupid.

platypus on June 10, 2010 at 6:21 PM

Dems, lead by example. Stop breathing.

theCork on June 10, 2010 at 6:19 PM

+100. Best comment on this thread.

platypus on June 10, 2010 at 6:23 PM

Tyranny is at the front door. Who wants to answer it.

tarpon on June 10, 2010 at 6:14 PM

If it’s my mom, tell her I’m dead.

Lanceman on June 10, 2010 at 6:29 PM

Incoming GOP House Majority – these are your marching orders:
Defund the EPA

Zippy_Slug on June 10, 2010 at 6:30 PM

And, what were we saying about silly Prince Charles?

OldEnglish on June 10, 2010 at 6:31 PM

And, what were we saying about silly Prince Charles?

OldEnglish on June 10, 2010 at 6:31 PM

Point Well taken. Is Harry that goofy or is it just a one generation thing?

Oil Can on June 10, 2010 at 6:36 PM

I would like to suggest that if you didn’t see Beck today be sure to watch it on the rerun at midnight or 1:00 am whenever it comes on in your area. We are so screwed. What he pointed out is so frightening because we see it starting to happen. Van Jones gave a speech yesterday telling how they are in control at the top – house, senate, and presidency – and now they need to work from the bottom up and from inside to outside. Beck points out how the anarchists (Jones and crew) are using the left to achieve their goal, and how the left is using the anarchists to get and keep power, except that they (the left)have no control over them. He goes on to explain that the anarchists (Jones)are working to paint the tea partiers as the troublemakers(i.e. Chris Matthews special)and the government will have to step in and take more control, which is just what the anarchists want. Either way, they win and we lose. We are going to see more confrontations like the one in North Carolina(?) where the black guy punched a guy protesting. All I’m saying is please watch it if any way possible.

silvernana on June 10, 2010 at 6:37 PM

When exhaling CO2 is outlawed, only outlaws will exhale CO2.

Get ready to be outlaws or die, my currently law-abiding friends.

All I’m saying is please watch it if any way possible.

silvernana on June 10, 2010 at 6:37 PM

I saw it, and now those that said they needed reeducation camps and to kill 25 million die-hard Capitalists are in control. Sleep tight! And be sure to plan to counter these evil people, should they ever have success in implementing their horrific plan. I’ll be one of the 25 million that need to be “eliminated” under Ayers’ and Jones’ plan. Yeah, the same Ayers whose living room Obama launched his political career from.

NTWR on June 10, 2010 at 6:43 PM

Oil Can on June 10, 2010 at 6:36 PM

I’m not sure whether Charles was dropped on his head by his nanny, or is a throwback to George III.

OldEnglish on June 10, 2010 at 6:53 PM

Webb is going to be toast..among others!

Dire Straits on June 10, 2010 at 7:05 PM

The separation of powers envisioned by our founders is slipping away more with each passing day. This is a dangerous precedent.

There are good reasons not to give the Executive branch such unbridled authority, especially with the malignant narcissist at the helm, and unqualified ideologues heading just about every department.

hillbillyjim on June 10, 2010 at 7:09 PM

I have a few questions about the vote:

Isn’t there a constitutional issue at play here?
How does the Executive Branch just decide that they have the power to impose these regulations?
Does the the fact that the congress is now on record voting to allow the EPA to impose these regulations change this?
Does the vote set some sort of precedent?

JeffVader on June 10, 2010 at 7:20 PM

Fact: There is a new book out there called “Climategate” Brian Sussman, author of Climategate: A Veteran Meteorologist Exposes the Global Warming Scam, he describes how deep the deception goes, how high inside of government {EPA and elected officials} its been working, and connects all the outside elitist money lenders who plan to benefit from Cap and Trade legislation if it passes.

Sussman also goes into detail how Al Gore went from a 2 million dollar portfolio in 2000 to nearly a half a billion phoney carbon credit empire.

Americannodash on June 10, 2010 at 7:21 PM

It may perhaps be easier, in the long run, to defund or to change the marching orders of the EPA than to have to deal with Crap n’ Trade legislation.

I hope.

Dhuka on June 10, 2010 at 7:40 PM

So the EPA now controls our breathing?

How frikkin’ insane are the Dems?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

profitsbeard on June 10, 2010 at 7:50 PM

Obama is not a leader, a good leader would set an example and emit zero pollution. That’s right you big zero, stop breathing.

Zorgon on June 10, 2010 at 8:03 PM

Polls show most people don’t believe or don’t care about global warming. Good job Dems, working for the 20% left wing crowd.

Oil Can on June 10, 2010 at 5:48 PM

There are many people who are very concerned.
However, it’s not going to stop being a problem if people “vote” against it. Nor would it be a problem just because people “vote” for it being so.

oakland on June 10, 2010 at 8:03 PM

So, my point it, Oil, what difference it makes what the majority thinks?

oakland on June 10, 2010 at 8:08 PM

Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill, accused Republicans of choosing “political science over the real science.”
“Are we going to criticize them in the morning with speeches and then reward them in the afternoon by defeating this legislation?” asked Durbin…

The same Dick who wants to reward BP through his amendment to the financial “reform” bill.

jdkchem on June 10, 2010 at 10:30 PM

oakland on June 10, 2010 at 8:03 PM

The hypocrite is back torturing electrons. How about you showing the way by swearing off big energy. I know we’ve been through this before but you are one true blue hypocrite.

chemman on June 10, 2010 at 10:59 PM

Give the EPA regulatory authority over every vehicle in America.
Give the EPA regulatory control over millions of “stationary sources” of CO2, including power plants, factories, farms, offices and apartment buildings, hospitals, schools and churches. (Yes, churches!) The cost of … See Moreapplying for a permit (to emit plant food!) could run as high as $100,000.
Cause, as President Obama promised, the cost of electricity for American families to “necessarily skyrocket.”
Hit the poor the hardest. Households with annual incomes of less than $50,000 already have an energy cost burden of 19% of their income. (The average household energy cost burden is between 5% and 10%.) Two-thirds of black families and 60% of Hispanic families make less than $50,000 per year. As Dr. E. Calvin Beisner of the Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation says, “Since the poor will be hurt more than others by rising energy costs, the astronomical increases that would follow…amount to a regressive .hurting most of all the people who can least afford it.”
……AFA

Bullhead on June 11, 2010 at 12:29 AM

really, who give a sheet any more? they r all (fed gov) full of themself.

foxone on June 11, 2010 at 1:11 AM

Remember in November.

petefrt on June 11, 2010 at 5:34 AM

Webb is going to be toast..among others!

Dire Straits on June 10, 2010 at 7:05 PM

Just sent e-mails to Warner and Webb to do their part in controlling CO2. Asked them to please stop breathing. Hope I don’t get “the knock” on my door.

riverrat10k on June 11, 2010 at 10:03 AM

Washington is out of control. Keep your sidearm close and your voting hand ready.

Nalea on June 11, 2010 at 10:16 AM