In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (MI-06) announced that he will push forward with plans to prevent the EPA from implementing safeguards to protect public health and the environment.
Upton will preside over a committee hearing on Wednesday that will review legislation he introduced last week prohibiting the EPA from employing carbon pollution safeguards. The Energy and Commerce hearing will feature EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, as well as Gregg Abbott, the Texas Attorney General who filed a lawsuit against the scientific and legal arguments supporting the EPA's plan to rein in air pollution.
In addition to Upton's impending anti-EPA legislation, Republican leadership continued to challenge clean air safeguards by presenting an amicus brief to the Supreme Court on Monday.
The statement, submitted by Rep. Upton, Rep. Ed Whitfield (KY-01), and Sen. James Inhofe (OK), challenges a lower court ruling that allowed certain states and environmental organizations to proceed with lawsuits attempting to make utility providers reduce air pollution.
The amicus brief states:
"[C]ourts are not equipped to make judgments about the appropriate emissions standards for utilities located throughout the country???Judicial establishment of such standards would violate decades of Supreme Court precedent and unconstitutionally interfere with Congressional and Executive branch efforts to address climate change-related matters."