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Jerry Grosz, Published February 28 2010

Help Pomeroy stop out-of-control EPA

As North Dakotans, we know we live in a land of extremes – cold in the winter and hot in the summer. As such, the average use of electricity per residential customer in our state is nearly twice as much as other parts of the United States. We also use more gasoline and other fuels because of distances we travel and the type of work we do.

So it should come as no surprise that North Dakota will be one of the states most affected by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s backdoor attempt to regulate greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act. Our two senators and even EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson have repeatedly said that they would prefer that Congress, not the EPA, decide what, if any, rules would apply to greenhouse gas emissions.

Currently, the EPA is on course to finalize a “tailoring rule” next month. The proposed rule attempts to “tailor” the emissions threshold under existing rules of the Clean Air Act so it can be used to regulate greenhouse gases without any statutory guidance from Congress.

Rep. Earl Pomeroy, D-N.D., introduced legislation in the House that would prohibit the EPA from regulating greenhouse gases. But to date, neither Sen. Byron Dorgan nor Sen. Kent Conrad have signed onto a bill in the Senate introduced by Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, and Sen. Blanche Lincoln, D-Ark., which would stop the EPA in its tracks.

Contact our North Dakota senators and ask them to get on board with Pomeroy in opposing EPA’s unelected bureaucrats’ attempt to decide something as important as the energy future of our country.