Fred Upton’s EPA Battle: Incoming Energy Chair Announces Plan To Stymie Carbon Regulations

Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.), the incoming chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, recently indicated that he will be a visible and powerful opponent of the EPA’s delayed plan to begin regulating carbon emissions.In a Tuesday op-ed in…

Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.), the incoming chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, recently indicated that he will be a visible and powerful opponent of the EPA’s delayed plan to begin regulating carbon emissions.

In a Tuesday op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, Upton calls the postponed measure “an unconstitutional power grab that will kill millions of jobs – unless Congress steps in.”

Though this rhetoric is perhaps standard fare for conservatives willing to rail against environmental conservation in the name of unrestricted trade and production, Upton was once hoped by some to be the silver lining on a set of GOP committee chair appointments seemingly loaded with headstrong conservative idealists.

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