Vote number 11-SV054 barring EPA from regulating greenhouse gases
on Apr 6, 2011
regarding bill Am183 to S.49 Energy Tax Prevention Act
Results: Failed 50-50 (3/5
Congressional Summary:To prohibit the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency from promulgating any regulation concerning the emission of a greenhouse gas to address climate change. The Clean Air Act is amended by adding a section entitled, "No Regulation of Emissions of Greenhouse Gases". In this section, the term 'greenhouse gas' means any of the following:
The definition of the term 'air pollutant' does not include a greenhouse gas, except for purposes of addressing concerns other than climate change.
- Water vapor
- Carbon dioxide
- Nitrous oxide
- Sulfur hexafluoride
- Any other substance subject to, or proposed to be subject to regulation to address climate change.
Proponent's Argument for voting Yes:
[Sen. McConnell, R-KY]: The White House is trying to impose a backdoor national energy tax through the EPA. It is a strange way to respond to rising gas prices. But it is perfectly consistent with the current Energy Secretary's previously stated desire to get gas prices in the US up to where they are in Europe.
Opponent's Argument for voting No:
[Sen. Lautenberg, D-NJ]:We hear the message that has been going around: Let's get rid of the EPA's ability to regulate. Who are they to tell us what businesses can do? Thank goodness that in this democratic society in which we live, there are rules and regulations to keep us as a civilized nation. The Supreme Court and scientists at the Environmental Protection Agency agreed that the Clean Air Act is a tool we must use to stop dangerous pollution. This amendment, it is very clear, favors one group--the business community. The Republican tea party politicians say: "Just ignore the Supreme Court. Ignore the scientists. We know better." They want to reward the polluters by crippling EPA's ability to enforce the Clean Air Act.
Voting NO counts for 1 points on VoteMatch question 18:
Replace coal & oil with alternatives;
Voting YES counts for -1 points on VoteMatch question 18.
Voting YES counts as answer D on AmericansElect question 2;
When you think about America’s energy needs, which of the following solutions comes closest to your opinion?
Voting NO counts as answer A on AmericansElect question 2
- A: Strong investment in renewable energy like wind and solar
- B: More drilling than investment in renewables (mix of both solutions)
- C: More investment in renewable than drilling (mix of both solutions)
- D: Strong focus on offshore drilling and allowing drilling in federal lands including wildlife reserves
- E: Unsure
voting on 11-SV054
||NO||VT Independent Jr Senator, previously Representative|