upton http://michiganradio.org en Blocking EPA's regulation of greenhouse gasses http://michiganradio.org/post/blocking-epas-regulation-greenhouse-gasses <p>The <a href="http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/law/jan-june07/scotus_04-02.html">U.S. Supreme Court ruled</a> four years ago that the Environmental Protection Agency has the authority to regulate planet-warming greenhouse gasses... if the agency found those gasses are a threat to human health and safety. In 2009, the EPA found greenhouse gasses are a threat... and the agency started taking steps to regulate emissions from industries such as coal-burning power plants and automobiles.</p><p>For months now, many members of Congress have been trying to block the EPA from doing that. The latest people to climb on board are from Michigan: Republican Representative <a href="http://upton.house.gov/">Fred Upton</a> and Democratic Senator <a href="http://stabenow.senate.gov/">Debbie Stabenow</a>.</p><p>Fred Upton chairs the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee. He not only wants to stop the EPA from regulating greenhouse gasses... he wants to repeal the EPA’s scientific finding that greenhouse gasses are harmful.</p><p>Ryan Werder is the political director for the nonpartisan group Michigan League of Conservation Voters. He says since he was appointed Chair, Congressman Upton has shifted to the right politically.</p><blockquote><p>“He was always a good, moderate, reliable voice. Before, when he said climate change was a reality and something we had to consider. He suddenly removed that from this website and acts as if climate change is non-existent.”</p></blockquote><p> Thu, 07 Apr 2011 16:15:59 +0000 Rebecca Williams 1957 at http://michiganradio.org Blocking EPA's regulation of greenhouse gasses Upton expects federal government shutdown can be avoided http://michiganradio.org/post/upton-expects-federal-government-shutdown-can-be-avoided <p>One Michigan congressman is downplaying warnings of a federal government shutdown next week.</p><p>Republicans in the House and Democrats in the Senate haven&rsquo;t agreed on a continuing budget resolution to keep the federal government going beyond March 4<sup>th</sup>.</p><p>Representative Fred Upton expects the US House will offer the US Senate a way to avoid a shutdown.&nbsp;</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;My sense is that will we also in the House pass a short-term continuing resolution and send that to the Senate early in the week.&nbsp; Which will allow them to say&hellip;here&rsquo;s a two week extension so we don&rsquo;t have a shutdown by the end of the week&hellip;as well as the long-term&hellip;and then we&rsquo;ll wait and see what the Senate does.&rdquo;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p></blockquote><p>Upton expects Congress will approve a short-term budget resolution before any federal government services are effected.&nbsp; Tue, 22 Feb 2011 01:29:12 +0000 Steve Carmody 1373 at http://michiganradio.org Upton expects federal government shutdown can be avoided