The Rockefeller proposal has serious flaws. As of January 2011, the EPA has already begun regulating greenhouse gases so a delay bill will no longer have a meaningful impact. It does not touch the EPA’s impending National Air Ambient Quality standards, regulations which independent estimates fear could cost $1 trillion per year in compliance costs and would lead to the loss of 7 million jobs [pdf]. It does not prevent the EPA from creating carbon standards for vehicles or from withholding construction permits.
Democrats who decry the EPA and vote solely for the Rockefeller amendment are blatantly trying to hoodwink their constituents. The upcoming McConnell vote is not a referendum on climate science, as Democrats would have you believe, but on who will set the climate policy for this country. Unable to pass cap-and-trade through Congress the Administration enlisted the EPA to subvert the legislative branch and enact its preferred energy and environment policies. The McConnell amendment is about who will write this country’s energy laws, Congress or the EPA. Taxpayers need to put Congress on notice that they will not be fooled by Democrats’ fraudulent attempts to prevent backdoor implementation of cap-and-trade.