Sunday, April 10, 2011

Do you Buy what the Letter below from Congressman Long has to tell America?

Does anyone buy Congressman Long’s letter???

Note: I do not understand why they can’t get someone to monitor carbon dioxide. Unless the Senate and House plan a lot of trees and create billions of carbon sinks, America needs and agency to help the planet and improve our weather changes.–KAS

Dear Mr. Stoda,

Thank you for contacting me regarding the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Clean Air Act; I appreciate hearing your thoughts on this important issue.

As you may know, the Clean Air Act is a U.S. federal law intended to reduce air pollution and protect air quality. In an attempt to pressure the U.S. Congress to address climate change, the Obama Administration and the EPA issued a finding in December 2009 which found that greenhouse gases endanger human health, thereby triggering a requirement for regulation under these existing clean-air laws. This decision in turn paved the way for the EPA to regulate carbon dioxide emissions, even though the EPA has admitted it has not evaluated possible job losses or shifts in employment which may occur due to carbon dioxide regulation. Additionally, EPA regulations significantly contribute to the increasing energy costs we face in this country, which put a massive burden on American families and businesses.

The EPA’s proposed carbon dioxide regulation is another massive intrusion of government into the U.S. economy. This action has the potential to stifle economic growth and kill jobs, especially in the manufacturing and agricultural sectors. Lowering greenhouse gas emissions, especially in the short term, would surely mean a government-directed decrease in economic activity, and with the current state of the economy it would be unacceptable to ask American taxpayers to bear the additional burden of any new EPA regulations. New EPA permitting processes and rules could affect millions of small emitters such as hotels, hospitals, churches, farms, and various small businesses. The rules will inject uncertainty into the economy, delay or halt new construction and deter investment.

I am proud to be a supporter of H.R. 97, the Free Industry Act. This important bill would amend the Clean Air Act to exclude from the definition of the term “air pollutant” carbon dioxide, water vapor, methane, nitrous oxide, hydrofluorocarbons, perfluorocarbons and sulfur hexafluoride. The provision would also declare that the EPA cannot use the Clean Air Act to regulate climate change or global warming. I will support any measure which ensures that Congress has adequate time to conduct research before any new regulations on greenhouse gases go into effect so that they do not cripple an already-struggling American economy.

I am also a cosponsor of H.R. 910, the Energy Tax Prevention Act of 2011, sponsored by Congressman Fred Upton (R-MI). H.R. 910 prohibits the EPA Administrator using the Clean Air Act to regulate greenhouse gases; HR 910 also prevents the EPA from adding any back door energy taxes. This bill is a response to the EPA’s radical climate change policies, and the House approved H.R. 910 on April 7, 2011, with my support. I will continue to support bills which keep un-elected bureaucrats from harming our economy.

Again, I sincerely appreciate hearing your views on this issue; the views of all Missourians gives me the opportunity to better understand how the important issues could impact the people of Missouri and the future interests of the nation. In that regard, your input is most helpful. For additional information regarding current legislation and my representation of the Seventh District, I invite you to visit my website at


Billy Long
Member of Congress



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