The House Energy and Commerce Committee's Energy and Power
Subcommittee approved legislation to block the Environmental
Protection Agency's (EPA's) authority to regulate greenhouse gas
emissions. House Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Fred Upton
(R-Mich.) introduced H.R. 910, the Energy Tax Prevention Act of
2011. The bill has nine co-sponsors, including House Agriculture
Committee Ranking Member Collin Peterson (D-Minn.).
H.R. 910 passed March 10 on a straight party-line vote.
Republicans argued for the bill, saying it is needed because EPA
regulations will increase energy costs while doing little to cut
global emissions. Democrats voted against the bill, arguing action
is required to reduce emissions and provide incentives to develop
The bill proposes "to amend the Clean Air Act to prohibit the
Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency from
promulgating any regulation concerning, taking action relating to,
or taking into consideration the emission of a greenhouse gas
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