No, the title does not refer to what I’ve been doing to my readers for the last month. Well, it doesn’t ONLY describe that.
What it does refer to is the very easy, quite appropriate way for Congress to deal with Lisa Jackson’s attempted blackmail of the legislative branch. It’s plain as day that EPA’s endangerment finding with regard to greenhouse gas emissions is the gun to Congress’ head, ordering them to pass cap and trade or face limitless regulation of carbon dioxide from the bureaucracy.
There was a time, not long ago, that such a move by the administrative state would have been received with unanimous resentment on Capitol Hill. It’s the ultimate disrespect from an agency that Congress never even created in the first place. Even if a congressman or senator is in favor of greenhouse gas regulation, he or she should be offended that EPA believes it can bludgeon them into pervasive regulation of the nation’s economy at the precise moment that the science behind such actions is in serious question.
Many are calling for Congress to amend the Clean Air Act to exempt greenhouse gases. Others are encouraging our representatives to pass cap and trade and avoid Carbogeddon. These routes are either unthinkable in the current political climate or would have an unfathomable impact on our weak economy.
Luckily, Congress was granted a shorthand way of reining in wayward bureaucracies. All it must do is insert the following language in the 2009 Interior and Environment Appropriations Bill (or any appropriations bill, for that matter):
No funds may be used to develop, promulgate, or enforce any rule, proposed rule, or other regulatory action implementing or relying upon the December 7, 2009 Endangerment and Cause or Contribute findings issued by the Environmental Protection Agency with regard to regulation of greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act.
That sentence, or something like it, would starve the EPA of funds to develop any rules on greenhouse gases. How do I know that? Because I wrote just such a sentence for my boss in 2000 about the Clean Air Act, and it became law. Let it not be said that EPA has the upper hand here. Only a weak Congress, obeisant to Obama, would countenance such bullying from a lowly administrator.
Well, OK, you’ve got me there.