Tom Borelli

Bloomberg’s opposition to the EPA is noteworthy because, in addition to being a heath crusader known for attacking soda, salt and trans-fats, the mayor is a strong advocate for environmental protection.

In 2008, Bloomberg compared the threat of global warming to the dangers posed by terrorism. “Terrorists kill people. Weapons of mass destruction have the potential to kill an enormous amount of people,” and “global warming in the long term has the potential to kill everybody,” he said.

Bloomberg is not the only mayor clashing with the EPA. The Journal story also notes mayors nationwide are complaining about the EPA. Don Plusquellic, the mayor of Akron, Ohio and the former President of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, described the agency as “rabid dogs coming after cities,” urging Congress to control an EPA “run wild.”

With industry and cities at risk we can’t afford to pay the price of President Obama’s EPA run amok.

The House majority must use its power of the purse to control and defang the EPA.

The House Appropriations Committee FY2012 Interior and Environment Appropriations bill cuts the EPA’s budget by $1.5 billion, or 20 percent below Obama’s funding level and it also contains riders that delay the implementation of some of the EPA’s harmful rules.

One rider, for example, prevents the agency from regulating greenhouse gas emissions from power plants and refineries for one year.

While the left will scream about these cuts, the Appropriations Committee is not going far enough to stop the EPA. With a rogue agency such as the EPA, cutting the budget is not enough – the bureaucrats will simply move money around.

To control the EPA and stop the agency from implementing its war on coal-fired power plants, the House needs to expand its riders to specifically address the EPA’s Clean Air Transport rule and Maximum Achievable Control Technology (or MACT) rules for power plants – the regulations that are making AEP close its power plants.

The House majority must know they are going to get heat from the left because of the EPA budget cuts and its handful of measures to control the EPA. Given our economic condition, there is no time to dither with halfway efforts.

We need the Congressional leadership to take bold steps now to stop the regulatory madness being implemented by the EPA. Let’s hope it is up to the task.

Tom Borelli

Tom Borelli, Ph.D., is a Senior Fellow with FreedomWorks.

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