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Rehberg fears “The Vapors”

Montana’s Chief Climate Change Denier, Dennis Rehberg has signed on to H.R. 391 (Marsha Blackburn R-TN) to stop the Evil Environmental Protection Agency from enforcing the law. The bill seeks to change the definition of pollution under the Clean Air Act so that it doesn’t include pesky stuff, like actual pollutants. This truly bipartisan bill has 149 Republican co-sponsors and 2 conservative Dems. Denny thinks, “The American people need room to breathe so I’ve sponsored HR 391 to do just that.” He just thinks that you should have the right to breath stuff like, “carbon dioxide, water vapor, methane, nitrous oxide, hydrofluorocarbons, perfluorocarbons, or sulfur hexafluoride” if you so choose.

The EPA somehow got the mistaken notion that they are responsible for environmental protection and Denny wants to put a sharp halt to that kind of thinking. “The EPA works for us, not the other way around.” By God, if we want to destroy the planet, it’s up to us to stop this rampant Agency from getting in our way. Over on the Senate side, Lisa Murkowski, (R-AK) introduced a similar bill this week.

NASA figures released this week show that the past decade has been the warmest on record and that 2009 was the second warmest year since 1880, next to 2005. The data show an upward temperature trend of about 0.36 degrees Fahrenheit per decade over the past 30 years due precisely to the chemicals that Rehberg thinks we should not be regulating. He doesn’t want to “hamstring” the economy for some nebulous benefit like saving the planet. Denny is positive there is no need to regulate water vapor and other noxious vapors because, “the hot air that comes out of the U.S. House would qualify us as a superfund site.” And, most of that hot air lately seems to come from only one side of the aisle. Denny should know, as a member of the Natural Gas Caucus. The number one Rehberg contributor to his 2009-2010 campaign only happens to be electric utilities. Number five is the oil and gas industry. Electric utilities, number one producer of greenhouse gases, have chipped in $28,000 so far this year to help make sure that Denny is back in his seat next year ragging on that nasty old EPA.

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