In the late afternoon yesterday, the House Energy and Commerce Committee favorably reported out H.R. 910, the Energy Tax Prevention Act of 2011, a bill introduced by Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) that prevents EPA scientists from protecting public health against carbon pollution.
During the committee mark-up, a series of amendments proposed by Democratic committee members were voted down.These included three amendments calling for Congress to accept the occurrence of climate change, and two amendments aiming to postpone implementation of the bill until federal agencies could prove that climate change and carbon pollution do not endanger public health.
The final bill passed mainly along party lines by a vote of 34 ??? 19, with three Democrats voting for the legislation.H.R. 910 now heads to the House floor, where Republican leadership has indicated that a vote can be expected by late April.