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 <a href="http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/endangerment.html">EPA found greenhouse gasses are a threat</a>... 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&rsquo;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>&ldquo;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.&rdquo;</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