Un-REINed EPA begins carbon crackdown

Posted on December 22, 2010 by Donald Ferguson

Robin Bravender of POLITICO reports:

The Obama administration is expected to roll out a major greenhouse gas policy for power plants and refineries as soon as Wednesday, signaling it won’t back off its push to fight climate change in the face of mounting opposition on Capitol Hill.

The Environmental Protection Agency has agreed to a schedule for setting greenhouse gas emission limits, known as “performance standards,” for the nation’s two biggest carbon-emitting industries, POLITICO has learned…

…The standards are part of a series of climate rules from the Obama administration that have faced fierce opposition from industry groups and lawmakers on both sides of the aisle. And while the policies won’t go final for more than a year, the political ramifications will come immediately.

They will come as welcome news to environmentalists who want the administration to flex its regulatory muscle following the death of climate legislation this year, but EPA can expect its foes on the right to blast the move as another example of regulatory overreach.

So far, Republicans have only offered to hold hearings on the EPA power grab which will destroy millions of jobs.

American Tradition Partnership has a better idea.  ATP will press for a recorded vote on, and passage of, legislation stripping unelected, unaccountable bureaucrats of their abusive power to invent and enforce their own laws.  Under this “no regulation without representation” reform, major federal regulations can only be enacted by an affirmative, stand-alone vote of Congress.

Pelosi’s “green forks” disaster heading for landfill

Posted on December 14, 2010 by Donald Ferguson

Doug Mataconis’ “Outside The Beltway” points us to a Washington Post story on Republican efforts to “un-green” (the Post’s editorialization)) of the Capitol.  When Democrats took the House majority in 2006, Speaker Nancy Pelosi unleashed a green tidal wave of largely symbolic, often expensive, efforts to “green” the Capitol.

While most led to bickering and complaints from House staffers, one change in particular drew howls of protest — Pelosi’s decision to replace the utensils in House cafeterias with “green,” “biodegradable” forks, knives and spoons.

And then there are the forks.

“I’ve had more complaints about . . . the utensils than any other single thing. And that’s from Democrats and Republicans,” said Rep. Dan Lungren (R-Calif.), the incoming chairman of the House Administration Committee.

Since biodegradable utensils were introduced in House-side eateries, lawmakers, aides and even a few reporters have grumbled that – Earth-friendly or not – the forks break and the knives don’t cut very well. Republican leaders could easily earn bipartisan goodwill simply by finding stronger utensils.

As OTB points out, Pelosi’s “green forks” are like many other environmentalist dictates — they end up doing more harm to the planet than good. 

With “green forks” constantly breaking and snapping from routine use, staffers must use multiple utensils to finish a meal.  Instead of using one plastic forks, the use of two or three “green forks” leads to a total increase in the amount of packaging and shipping needed to supply the Capitol.

Not only does that drive operating costs through the roof, it leads to an increase in the amount of garbage in landfills — precisely what “green forks” are supposed to stop through some sort of magical incantation.

Perhaps Pelosi’s “green forks” will join the list of environmentalist-spearheaded environmental disasters, like the plastic garbage bags that were supposed to save the rain forest (your grocery bags were never made from rainforest wood, by the way) but are now being outlawed in San Fransisco, “clean air” MTBEs in gasoline that ended up poisoning the water or the mountains of trash left on the National Mall by greenies celebrating Earth Day each year.

Obama’s UN/EPA plan

Posted on December 13, 2010 by Donald Ferguson

Dear loyal ATP supporter,

You may remember a couple of weeks ago when I warned you about the UN “global warming” conference in Cancun, Mexico and how foreign leaders and the White House delegation were planning new “global warming” taxes and a new system for the worldwide redistribution of wealth.

Well, guess what they proposed?

“A year after U.N.-led talks all but collapsed in Copenhagen, delegates from countries large and small signed off on a package of low-hanging fruit that includes establishing…a $100 billion fund to help the world’s most vulnerable cope with a changing climate,” POLITICO reports.

“‘What we have now is a text that, while not perfect, is certainly a good basis for moving forward,’ Todd Stern, the top U.S. climate official, said during the all-night bargaining session that culminated in approval of what’s known as the Cancun Agreement.”
There’s another, more accurate, term for “a $100 billion fund.”

A global Cap and Tax plan.

One intended to redistribute money from the pockets of American consumers into the bank accounts of Third World leaders.

After agreeing to rules requiring nations to adopt their own Cap and Tax plans, delegates also agreed to consider at next year’s summit in Darfur, South Africa even more draconian global controls on businesses.

Obama told us he was going to do this.

“Cap-and-trade was just one way of skinning the cat; it was not the only way,” growled Obama last month, less than 24 hours after Democrats lost control of the House. “I’m going to be looking for other means to address this problem.”

Those “other means” Obama promises to unleash are his Big Green footsoldiers in the EPA.

If Congress won’t pass Cap and Tax into law next year, which the Obama-brokered Cancun agreement now tasks the US with and which Obama has promised to try “in chunks,”…

…then he’ll just have his federally-authorized EPA cronies whip out a piece of paper declaring Cap and Tax the law of the land, via regulation.

He’ll bully us by saying we must do this to meet our UN mandates, or risk even tougher restrictions if we don’t.

That’s exactly the same tactic Chicago mafia bosses use to shake down shopowners.

Needless to say, our work is cut out for us.

At the top of our agenda are two things:

1) Stopping Obama’s new Cap and Tax offensive (having the EPA declare Cap and Tax as a new regulation) and his UN-backed global warming taxes in Congress.

2) Introducing and getting a recorded vote on the House floor on a new federal law stripping the EPA and other agencies from simply making up their own regulations.  That vote will expose who is on our side, and who is in the cash-stuffed pocket of Big Green.

And make no mistake about it, not only do we have to fight the President and the Senate, with Big Green cronies like House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI) controlling the agenda we also have to fight in the House as well.

Upton will use behind-the-scenes tactics to block us while publicly stating he supports us.

Kerry Picket of The Washington Times’ “Water Cooler” blog reports:

“Mr. Upton’s voting record on financial, energy, and social issues are liberal to say the least and conservative activists are concerned Mr. Boehner may very well give Rep. Upton a pass. Congressman Upton, in a last ditch attempt to appeal to conservatives, has already ‘pledged’ a number of agenda items he would stick to if he became chair, but his past liberal legislative actions are too vast to ignore. Glossing over such decisions on the congressman made would be irresponsible and tantamount to business as usual on Capitol Hill…

“…Rep. Upton was also part of the ‘global warming is settled science’ brigade. In 2009, during a hearing of the Subcommittee on Energy and Environment, he said ‘I have said at nearly every climate change hearing that for me I don’t dispute the science. Right or wrong, the debate over the modeling and science appears to be over.’”

(http://www.washingtontimes.com/blog/watercooler/2010/nov/29/choosing-upton-energy-and-commerce-loser-gop/)

So there you have it.

White House green freaks and UN global planners hunkered down in Cancun to blame America for global warming (amid record low temperatures in Cancun, by the way.)

Their solution?  An agreement demanding nations adopt their own Cap and Tax plans, and establishing a slush fund to tax mostly American consumers and funnel the money into the pockets of mostly Third World warlords.

And if Congress doesn’t agree to it, Obama will simply take the proposed bill and walk it over the EPA, where it will become a new federal regulation.

That’s means you and I will have to fight twice.

Wth Obama, the UN and many compliant Republicans supporting global warming taxes, you and I will have to fight even harder than ever to stop a global warming tax intended to kill millions of jobs, eliminate hundreds of thousands of businesses, redistribute money out of your pocket and strip away your freedoms.

We’ll not only have to fight Obama and a Harry Reid-controlled Senate, but we’ll also likely face behind-the-scenes opposition from a Republican-controlled House where Big Green’s cronies control the committees.

And once we’ve defeated this backdoor Cap and Tax plan in Congress, we’ll need to fight for a recorded vote on a bill stopping the EPA from grabbing the failed bill and stamping “new federal regulation” at the top.  That vote will expose who is on our side, and who is tangled in the puppet strings of Big Green.

I am counting on you to help by going to https://secure.westerntradition.org/ to chip in $10.

You and I have been warning people for two weeks now this is the plan.

They’re calling it a “green fund” to assist poor nations.

But you and I know it’s really a global Cap and Tax slush fund, intended to punish American consumers and redistribute their money, often directly into the bank accounts of Third World warlords.

And that UN mandate will be Obama’s wedge against those Republicans who question him.  Pass my Cap and Tax plan, or we will have no choice but to have the EPA impose it by force to meet UN mandates.

Well, you and I aren’t fooled.  And we’re fighting back.

We’re going to fight to stop any and all proposals creating “global warming” regulations or taxes.
And we’re going to fight for a recorded vote on a federal law stripping the EPA and other agencies of their abusive authority to make up their own laws without a vote of Congress.

That vote will expose who is our friend, and who is our enemy.  Obama, Reid, Upton and others will fight us at every step to stop that vote from happening.

Can I ask you to help us gear up for this expensive fight by going to https://secure.westerntradition.org/ to chip in $10?

Delegates to the UN’s “global warming” summit in Cancun may have been greeted with record low temperatures, but Obama plans to use the new global agreement to turn up the heat on Congress.

I hope I can count on you to join us in this fight.

Sincerely,

Donald Ferguson
Executive Director
American Tradition Partnership

P.S.  Two weeks ago we warned people the UN “global warming” summit in Cancun was planned by the Obama administration to be its “relaunch” of Cap and Tax.

American Tradition Partnership has two things to say about that.  We’re going to fight any and all proposals in Congress to create global warming taxes.  And we’re going to fight for a recorded vote on a new law stripping the EPA and other agencies from declaring things like Cap and Tax to be a new rule, without a vote of Congress.

It won’t be easy.  Not only are we opposed by the White House and Harry Reid-controlled Senate, House Republican leaders like Energy Committee Chairman Fred Upton have been in the pocket of Big Green for decades, and will fight us behind the scenes while publicly claiming to support it.

I will not back down.  I hope I can count on your support by going to https://secure.westerntradition.org to chip in $10.

WTP flips off Upton’s promise of light bulb hearing

Posted on December 7, 2010 by Donald Ferguson

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Contact: Donald Ferguson, 703-200-3669 or Donald.F@westerntradition.org

WTP FLIPS OFF UPTON’S PROMISE OF A HEARING ON HIS LIGHT BULB BAN
Group has issued report on Upton’s 80+ radical enviro votes, opposes chair bid

WASHINGTON — Western Tradition Partnership Executive Director Donald Ferguson issued the following statement Tuesday. The organization, the nation’s largest grassroots lobby dedicated to energy and property issued, urged its members yesterday morning to contact their Republican congressman or incoming Speaker John Boehner, to register their vehement opposition to Rep. Fred Upton’s bid to chair the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

WTP’s report on Fred Upton’s 23-year long Big Green voting record, compiling more than 80 major environmental votes, can be found at http://www.westerntradition.org/?p=1201 or at http://www.westerntradition.org.

“Fred Upton has not seen the light. This light bulb banner is just trying to screw conservatives.

“WTP’s fast-growing membership is not impressed with Fred Upton’s announcement to hold a hearing on his bill to outlaw incandescent light bulbs, just one of his many major votes over the last 23 years to take away your property and freedom.

“Big Green puppet Fred Upton can take his empty, do-nothing promise of a hearing and cram it somewhere it can’t be recycled.

“A hearing is a do-nothing promise to utter empty words in front of a TV camera and an empty room.

“A hearing is what a politician gives you when he doesn’t want to take actual action.

“In other words, a hearing is what a Big Green-controlled politician does when he wants to trick you into thinking he’s somehow changed after 23 years of carrying the agenda radical environmentalists.

“Much like the climate, Fred Upton’s radical environmentalist views did not undergo man-made change.

“Fred Upton’s statement he will hold a hearing on his light bulb ban is a trick play to mollify an outraged Tea Party. It’s not only unacceptable, it’s a sign his support is crumbling and he still has no intentions of changing his radical green agenda.

“WTP’s fast-growing membership will accept only one promise from Fred Upton, who has spent the last 23 years outlawing light bulbs, outlawing timber, mining and energy development, stealing private property, fighting for global warming taxes, exploding the size of the EPA’s bureaucratic army and funneling taxpayer money into the pockets of Big Green activists.

“WTP asks Fred Upton to issue a promise to drop his bid to chair the Energy and Commerce Committee, where he will use his gavel to continue to hammer employers and pound out a radical green agenda, and to resign from the committee entirely.”

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83 REASONS WHY FRED UPTON IS UNFIT FOR ENERGY AND COMMERCE

Posted on by Donald Ferguson

Congressman Boehner and Members of the Steering Committee:

Western Tradition Partnership is the nation’s largest and most active citizen grassroots lobby dedicated to protecting our jobs, our property and our freedoms and prosperity from radical environmentalism.

We do just one thing, and we do it well – we hold accountable any public official who sides with environmentalists against consumers, property owners, employees and employers.

We are the nation’s only truly grassroots opponent to “Big Green,” and we are proud to report that not only are we highly effective, we are also growing rapidly across the country.

That’s why we need to talk.

In 2006, Republicans lost their House majority in large part because conservative activists stayed home, disgusted by the GOP’s record of runaway spending, and their lust for a larger and more powerful federal bureaucracy.

Based on reports concerning the potential Chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, it is apparent you have not learned your lesson.

Naming Fred Upton to chair the House Energy and Commerce Committee would be the same abandonment of principle and “politics as usual” that led the conservative base to stay home in 2006, handing the majority to Nancy Pelosi.

Upton’s record of allying with Big Green to kill jobs, grow the federal bureaucracy, seize private property is well-documented,and would help to kill any good will the House may hold with conservative activists and “Tea Partiers.”

Handing the gavel to Upton will be a clear signal this majority wishes to continue the radical green policies of President Obama and Speaker Pelosi. Do not repeat the mistakes of past Republican majorities. Our differences with Upton are many and substantive.

The 83 votes listed below are just some of the many times Upton has voted with Big Green, and against employees, employers, property owners and consumers.

UPTON’S RECORD OF WORKING WITH BIG GREEN TO KILL JOB CREATION

Upton voted with Big Green to declare parts of Oregon’s Molalla River off-limits to humans under the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System.(111th Congress, 1st Session, H.R. 2781, Roll Call 905, November 19, 2009.)

Upton voted with Big Green against an amendment to the Federal Land Assistance Management and Enhancement (FLAME) Act of 2009 (H.R. 1404) giving state foresters greater authority to carry out “thinning projects” to prevent deadly wildfires. Not only did Upton’s vote threaten the lives and homes of property owners, but thousands of badly needed timber jobs as well (Roll Call 161, March 26, 2009)

Upton voted with Big Green to declare millions of acres of land “off limits” to energy exploration, logging, mining, and other job-creating activity, along with two million acres of land now declared to be “wilderness areas” off-limits to human beings. It also declared an urban river in Massachusetts to be “wild and scenic” for the purposes of shutting down a site for the importation of liquefied natural gas ( 111th Congress, 1st Session, S. 22, Roll Call 117, March 11, 2009.)

Upton voted with Big Green against an amendment to the so-called “National Landscape Conservation System Act” which would have protected already-recognized grazing rights on affected lands. (Roll Call 174, April 9, 2008)

Upton voted with Big Green against an amendment making job-killing, price-hiking federal “green building standards” voluntary. The radical environmentalist movement long ago declared open war on homebuilders, home owners, development and suburbia, and have used “green building” laws – which unscientifically declare that American homes and businesses are heating up the entire planet — to jack up the price of construction. Making the federal government’s top-down rules more reasonable would create thousands of jobs and restored property rights. (Roll Call 16, January 16, 2008)

Upton voted with Big Green to impose so-called “CAFE gas mileage standards” on American automakers, helping lead to their failure, bankruptcy and bailout at taxpayer expense. (110th Congress, 1st Session, H.R. 6, Roll Call 1177, Dec. 18, 2007.)

Upton voted with Big Green against a motion by Rep. Joe Barton striking a resolution endorsing compulsory limits on economic activity to curb so-called “man-made global warming.” Years of research show such government-enforced caps on economic activity will destroy millions of jobs each year and send consumer prices skyrocketing, with virtually no effect on global temperatures. The radical League of Conservation Voters notes this was “the first time that the House had gone on record endorsing mandatory global warming pollution limits.” (Roll Call 555, June 26, 2007)

Upton voted with Big Green against an amendment to remove funding for a program that dumps Mexican wolves into areas of Arizona and New Mexico. Wolf predation can be a major threat to cattle producers in areas where wolves are dumped. (Roll Call 558, June 26, 2007)

Upton voted twice with Big Green to stop programs that remove dead and dying trees from forests to prevent deadly, destructive wildfires. Upton not only voted against thousands of badly-needed timber jobs, but placed lives and property in danger from raging wildfires. (Roll Calls 147 and 151, May 17, 2006)

Upton voted with Big Green to block efforts to inventory the nation’s deep sea energy potential, as well as to strip states of their right to develop their offshore energy. (Roll Call 540, October 13, 2003)

Upton voted with Big Green to block the Army Corps of Engineers from dredging the Delaware shipping channel which was needed to better transport product for the area’s six oil refineries. (Roll Call 391, July 18, 2003)

Upton voted with Big Green for an amendment to the 2004 Interior Appropriations bills blocking any funds that would be used to change “roadless forests rules.” The “roadless forest rule” blocks human access to vital portions of forests, not only killing thousand of badly needed timber jobs, but shuts downs mines and threatens the lives of miners by blocking access needed to maintain methane vents. Many radical environmentalists openly admit the purpose of “roadless forests rules” are to drive jobs and humans out of vast areas of the United States. (Roll Call 386, July 17, 2003)

Upton voted with Big Green for an amendment prohibiting the U.S. Forest Service and National Park Service from culling bison herds. Bison leaving national forests are a major cause of brucellosis, a devastating and highly communicable bovine disease that requires the destruction of the entire herd of domestic cattle should it be introduced to the herd. Bison-transmitted diseases are a major threat to the vital cattle industry, an industry many environmentalists have targeted for extinction. (Roll Call 383, July 27, 2003)

Upton voted with Big Green to block agricultural leases in the Klamath River basin of Oregon and California, where environmentalists have waged a cruel war against farmers to block their water and grab their land. Many farmers in the area have been financially ruined by the environmentalist campaign and needed the leases to provide for their families. (Roll Call 380, July 17, 2003)

Upton voted with Big Green to stop the Bush administration from dropping a radical rewrite of EPA regulations and enforcing long-time, more reasonable, regulations on hard-rock mining. The new EPA regulations, bullied into law by Big Green, gave sweeping powers to federal bureaucrats and targeted the mining industry for eventual shutdown. (Roll Call 182, June 21, 2001)

Upton voted with Big Green to block resource development leases on federal lands which Big Green has designated to be a “national monument,” which kills jobs on lands never visited by humans and often slapped with the “national monument” designation without congressional approval for the express purpose of killing any jobs that may be created there. (Roll Call 180, June 21, 2001)

Upton voted with Big Green to ban offshore oil and gas drilling in the five Great Lakes, Lake Saint Clair, the St. Mary’s River, the Saint Clair River, the Detroit River, the Niagara River, and the St. Lawrence River (107th Congress, 1st Session, H. Amdt. 127 (Bonior of Michigan) to H.R. 2311, Roll Call 203, June 28, 2001.)

A week later, Upton voted with Big Green to stop the development of oil and natural gas off the coast of Florida. (107th Congress, 1st Session, H. Amdt. 107 (Davis of Florida) to H.R. 2217, Roll Call 181, June 21, 2001)

Upton voted with Big Green to instruct House negotiators to reject riders to the 2000 Interior appropriations bill which “undermine efforts to protect and restore our cultural and natural resources,” giving Big Green free reign to impose its radical agenda and kill any and all efforts to create jobs and protect private property and consumers. Among the reforms Upton instructed negotiators to kill allowed expanded grazing rights for cattle producers (killing jobs,) imposed huge new taxes on energy employers developing resources on federal land (killing jobs) and allowed mining in the Ozarks (killing jobs.)(October 4, 1999)

Upton voted with Big Green against a bill (HR 2389) stabilizing payments to communities that lose tax revenue because local forests have bee seized by the federal government. The radical League of Conservation Voters also attacked the bill as “troubling” because it gave local communities more authority to determine what happens in their community and it “allow(s) local interests to drive forest management decisions” in the local area. (November 3, 1999)

Upton voted with Big Green for an amendment specifically prohibiting the Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services program from culling wild predators who threaten livestock. Predation is a major cause of financial (and job) loss in livestock production, and many radical environmentalists openly admit they wish to put livestock producers out of business. (June 8, 1999)

Upton voted with Big Green to block an Alaska employer from building a road to access their own property, threatening timber and energy development jobs. Big Green openly admitted the employer had every legal right to build the road. (August 18, 1998)

Upton voted with Big Green against an amendment that would have restored the right of Gulf Coast states to regulate their shrimpers. Along with restoring federalism, at the time the federal government began mandating shrimpers include a device in their nets that allowed much of their catch to escape. (August 5, 1998)

Upton voted with Big Green for an amendment prohibiting the harvesting of dead timber in national forests, which not only threatens thousands of jobs but places people, homes, businesses and the forests in danger of ravaging wildfires. (Furse Amendment to HR 3662, June 20, 1996)

Upton voted with Big Green for an amendment striking from the 1997 Interior appropriations bill a provision allowing the Pacific Lumber Company to harvest timber, a vote to kill timber jobs. Big Green claimed allowing the employer to harvest the timer endanger a seabird. (Dicks Amendment to HR 3662, June 19, 1996)

Upton voted with Big Green for an amendment which would have shut down cattle grazing on federal lands around Death Valley and the Mojave desert, killing cattle jobs. (Vento Amendment, July 12, 1994)

Upton voted with Big Green against an amendment striking from the National Parks Concession Reform Policy Act a provision giving the Interior Secretary greater authority over economic activity in national parks. Big Green groups, “concerned about commercial development in parks” wanted to give the Secretary the power to kill of economic activity that creates jobs, allows visitors to enjoy the parks and the local communities depended on. (Murphy Amendment to S 208, July 28, 1994)

Upton voted with Big Green to declare 7.75 million acres of California desert as “wilderness” for the purposes of declaring it off-limits to energy development. (103rd Congress, 2nd Session, H.R. 518, Roll Call 357, July 27, 1994.)

Upton voted with Big Green against an amendment allowing hunting on federal lands near the Mojave desert, killing hunting and outdoors recreation jobs. (LaRocco Amendment, July 12, 1994)

Upton voted with Big Green to instruct conferees on the 1994 Interior appropriations bill to reject Senate-approved language protecting ranchers from hikes in grazing fees. (Regula Motion to Instruct, September 29, 1993)

Upton voted with Big Green for an amendment giving federal bureaucrats greater authority to shut down mining projects on federal lands and increase the amount of federal land off-limits to resource development, and against an amendment recommending the Natural Resources Committee study the economic impact of so-called “mining law reform.” (DeFazio Amendment to HR 322, Crapo Amendment to HR 322, 1993)

Upton stood with Big Green and refused to co-sponsor HR 1490, which would have reformed abuses of the Endangered Species Act by allowing certain regions of the country to be exempt from some provisions, which Big Green groups and bureaucrats use as a “Trojan horse” to seize private property and shut down economic activity. It also would have stopped Big Green’s legal abuse army from suing anyone other than the federal government under the ESA. (HR 1490, 1993)

Upton voted with Big Green to jack up grazing fees for ranchers using federal lands, killing cattle jobs. (Stenholm Amendment to FY 1993 Interior appropriations, July 22, 1992)

Upton voted with Big Green for an amendment to Interior appropriations jacking up grazing fees for ranchers using federal lands. (Synar Amendment, June 25, 1991)

Upton voted with Big Green against an amendment postponing for nine months harsh economic sanctions on major American cities for exceeding bureaucratic standards for ozone and carbon monoxide. (Murtha Amendment to 1988 continuing appropriations, December 3, 1987)

Upton voted with Big Green against a bill allowing the Bureau of Reclamation to divert more water from the Colorado River for irrigation projects and a dam. Big Green falsely claimed the Colorado River would run “almost completely dry” in an attempt to frighten citizens. (Water and Power Authorization Act, October 22, 1987)

Upton voted with Big Green to jack up the prices charged to energy employers for developing their oil shale claims. (HR 1039, June 2, 1987)

Upton voted with Big Green against an amendment delaying a federal mandate requiring shrimpers, many of whom do not earn much money, to put “turtle excluder” devices on their nets that release large amounts of their catch. (Ortiz Amendment, December 17, 1987)

UPTON’S RECORD OF HANDING BIG GREEN EVEN MORE MASSIVE FEDERAL LAND GRABS

Upton voted with Big Green to amend the Consolidated Land, Energy, and Aquatic Resources Act of 2009 so the National Resources Damages Act trustee could take advantage of environmental situations as oil spills as reasons to consider new federal acquisition of non-impacted land. (111th Congress, 2nd Session, H. Amdt. 771 (Oberstar of Minnesota) to H.R. 3534, Roll Call 510, July 30, 2010.)

Upton voted with Big Green for the “Santa Cruz Valley National Heritage Area” federal land grab, which not only declared land along the U.S./Mexico border in Arizona off-limits to needed energy development, but locks out the Border Patrol, giving drug smugglers and human traffickers a “law enforcement free” zone to funnel drugs and illegal aliens into the United States. (111th Congress, 1st Session, H.R. 324, Roll Call 728, September 23, 2009.)

Upton voted with Big Green to provide permanent statutory recognition for the so-called “National Landscape Conservation System, a massive federal land grab program that has already declared 26 million acres of the United States as off-limits to human activity like resource development, including the infamous Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument land grab that killed coal jobs and enriched Indonesian donors to the Clinton administration. (Roll Call 174, April 9, 2008)

Upton voted with Big Green to rescind a Bush administration directive pointing out the EPA has no authority under the Clean Water Act to impose federal government control over small, isolated, unnavigable pools of water like “prairie potholes.” Upton voted to place millions of acres of homes, businesses and private property under federal bureaucratic control (Roll Call 169, May 18, 2006)

Upton voted with Big Green against updating the outdated Endangered Species Act’s “critical habitat” designation so as to require the government to reimburse landowners when the Act prevents them from developing their property. (109th Congress, 1st Session, H.R. 3824, Roll Call 506, Sept. 29, 2005.)

Upton voted with Big Green to use billions of dollars confiscated from deep sea energy leases to fund programs that place millions of acres of land under federal control. The “Land and Water Conservation Fund” already had, as of 2000, a $12 billion balance and had gobbled up seven million acres of the United States, with plans to place even more of the country under federal control. (Roll Call 179, May 11, 2000)

Upton voted with Big Green for an amendment blocking efforts to rein in federal land grabs under the 1906 Antiquities Act. The Act, signed into law over 100 years ago to protect tiny, individual Indian archaeological sites from looters, is now being used by Big Green (with Upton’s assistance) to grab millions of acres of land at a time and declare it a “national monument” – often without congressional approval. (Roll Call 280, June 15, 2000)

Upton voted with Big Green to kill an amendment allowing local governments to veto federal land grabs under the Land and Water Conservation Fund. (106th Congress, 2nd Session, H. Amdt. 694 (Sweeney of New York) to H.R. 701, Roll Call 170, May 11, 2000.)

Upton voted with Big Green to kill an amendment stopping the abusive Big Green practice of using the 1906 Antiquities Act confiscate land as a “national monument” without congressional approval. (106th Congress, 2nd Session, H. Amdt. 688 (Chenoweth-Hage of Idaho) to H.R. 701, Roll Call 164, May 10, 2000.)

Upton voted with Big Green to funnel an additional $30 million to the so-called “Land and Water Conservation Fund” which Big Green bureaucrats use as a slush fund to grab land and place it under federal control. (July 13, 1999)

Upton voted against HR 992, which would have restored Americans’ right to be protected from harm and loss when the federal government engages in the “taking” of their property either through outright possession or over-regulation. (March 12, 1998)

Upton voted with Big Green to drastically increase grazing fees on federal lands, a tax hike that increases the cost of food and kills cattle jobs. (Klug Amendment to HR 2493, (October 30, 1997)

Upton voted with Big Green for a bill intended to limit hunting and recreational access to wildlife refuges, which kills tourism and recreation sector jobs (HR 1420, June 3, 1997)

Upton voted with Big Green for an amendment strictly limiting which flood control projects do not need an Endangered Species Act review. The bill amended, which exempted certain flood control projects from delays and shutdowns caused by ESA paperwork, was filed after devastating floods destroyed homes and businesses in areas controlled by the ESA. (Amendment to HR 478, May 7, 1997)

Upton voted with Big Green for an amendment pumping an additional $135.2 million into the “Land and Water Conservation Fund,” a D.C. slush fund used to grab private land and place it under federal control. (Farr Amendment to HR 3662, June 19, 1996)

Upton voted with Big Green against an amendment limiting the National Parks Service’s power to grab any more private land and place it under federal control until it reduced by half its already-bloated backlog of federal land grab projects. (Calvert Amendment, July 27, 1994)

Upton voted with Big Green against an amendment prohibiting Big Green bureaucrats in the Interior Department from using “condemnation” tactics to seize private land and place it under federal control. At the time, Interior’s Big Green bureaucrats were planning on using “condemnation” tactics to grab private land near the Mojave desert to prevent employers from engaging in development. (DeLay Amendment, July 12, 1994)

Upton voted with Big Green against an amendment to the 1994 Interior appropriations bill striking $1 million from the “Land and Water Conservation Fund” intended to finance a federal land grab near Stone Lakes, which would have violated the property rights of local residents. (Pombo Amendment, July 15, 1993)

Upton stood with Big Green and refused to co-sponsor HR 561, a bill which would have reformed abuses of the Clean Water Act by giving the Attorney General the authority to block bureaucratic regulations under the Act that constitute a taking of private property. (HR 561, 1993)

Upton stood with Big Green a second time and refused to co-sponsor HR 1330, which would reform abuses of the Clean Water Act, which Big Green bureaucrats use to claim control over waterways. (HR 1330, 1992)

Upton voted with Big Green to place 10,894 acres of Kansas off-limits to human activity by declaring it the “Flint Hills Prairie National Monument.” (HR 2369, October 15, 1991)

Upton voted with Big Green against an amendment that would have prevented Big Green politicians and bureaucrats from imposing “Wild and Scenic Rivers” controls on the Niobrara River. (Barrett Amendment, May 14, 1991)

UPTON’S RECORD OF LINING BIG GREEN’S POCKETS WITH TAXPAYER CASH

Upton voted with Big Green to hike taxes on energy employers and other job creators, and funnel the money to wind and solar speculators through tax credits. (110th Congress, 2nd Session, H.R. 6049, Roll Call 344, May 21, 2008.)

Upton voted with Big Green for the same program again later in 2008. (110th Congress, 2nd Session, H.R. 7060, Roll Call 649, Sept. 26, 2008.)

Upton voted with Big Green to funnel taxpayer cash to biofuels corporations and ban incandescent light bulbs (110th Congress, 1st Session, H.R. 6, Roll Call 1177, Dec. 18, 2007.)

Upton voted with Big Green for the “New Direction for Energy Independence, National Security, and Consumer Protection Act, which banned incandescent lightbulbs, jacked up utility bills by forcing consumers to buy wind and solar power, heaped red tape onto energy employers and funneled taxpayer cash to wind and solar speculators. (110th Congress, 1st Session, H.R. 3221, Roll Call 832, Aug. 4, 2007.)

Upton voted with Big Green for an amendment funneling $42.1 million in taxpayers’ money to so-called “renewable energy research and development.” Wind, solar and other trendy energy speculators survive only because of taxpayer funds, and cannot survive in a fair market because the experimental energy they try to force on unwilling consumers is unreliable and drastically more expensive. (Schaefer Amendment to HR 3816, July 25, 1996)

Upton voted with Big Green for an amendment to an appropriations bill that would have given the EPA funding and greater power to take actions under the Clean Air and Clean Water acts. (104th Congress, 1st Session, H. Amdt. 693 (Stokes of Ohio) to H.R. 2099, Roll Call 599, July 28, 1995.)

Upton voted with Big Green to funnel an additional $44.7 million in taxpayers’ money into so-called “renewable energy research.” Wind, solar and other “green” energy speculators survive solely because of these corporate welfare programs because consumers do not want their expensive, unreliable product. They should fund the research themselves. (King Amendment to HR 1905, July 12, 1995)

UPTON’S RECORD OF EMPOWERING BIG GREEN’S BUREAUCRATIC ARMY

Upton voted for the so-called “Offshore Oil and Gas Worker Whistleblower Protection Act of 2010″ which imposes job-killing lawsuit bait on energy employers, and was intended to discourage them from engaging in offshore energy development. (111th Congress, 2nd Session, H.R. 5851, Roll Call 506, July 30, 2010.)

Upton voted with Big Green to explode the size of federal spending for the Interior Department’s “Public Land Corps program” by as much as ten times over five years. The program uses taxpayer money to pay young people to take part in “conservation programs” of dubious value. (111th Congress, 2nd Session, H.R. 1612, Roll Call 151, March 20, 2010.)

Upton voted with Big Green against making across-the- board cuts of just five percent to appropriations in the Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act (111th Congress, 1st Session, H. Amdt. 330 (Blackburn of Tennessee) to H.R. 3183, Roll Call 580, July 17, 2009.)

Upton voted with Big Green to kill an amendment returning to FY 2008 levels funding to the Interior Department, the EPA, and other agencies used by Big Green to impose their agenda through regulation. (111th Congress, 1st Session, H. Amdt. 279 (Jordon of Ohio) to H.R. 2996, Roll Call 468, June 26, 2009.)

Upton voted with Big Green to require the Education Secretary to create an “Advisory Council to the Secretary on green, high-performing schools” for the purposes of creating a large bureaucracy charged with indoctrinating children with often anti-capitalist, anti-American, flatly unscientific propaganda. (111th Congress, 1st Session, H. Amdt. 124 (Titus of Nevada) to H.R. 2187, Roll Call 249, May 13, 2009.)

Upton voted with Big Green to create a new federal green program that pays states to develop so-called “environmental literacy programs” and support to train teachers in environmentalist propaganda, much of which has no scientific basis and in steeped in anti-capitalist extremism. The bill also extended the flow of taxpayer funds into the National Environmental Education Act, another taxpayer-funded unscientific propaganda program. (Roll Call 614, September 18, 2008)

Upton voted with Big Green for record amounts of taxpayer funding for environmentalist programs in HR 2463, nearly $2 billion more than the President requested. The bloated spending bill increased the size of government slush funds to grab land and established a “Commission on Climate Change Adaptation and Migration” that blames economic activity for unrelated or nonexistent “threats” to the environment.(Roll Call 579, June 27, 2007)

Upton voted with Big Green to pump $16 billion in taxpayer funds into EPA “clean water” programs, boosting the ranks of Big Green’s bureaucratic army (Roll Call 135, March 9, 2007)

Upton voted against Senate leadership to restore $1 billion in taxpayer spending on “energy assistance programs,” boosting the ranks of Big Green’s bureaucratic army even though many utilities, companies and private groups already offer such assistance. (Roll Call 66, March 16, 2006)

Upton voted with Big Green to funnel $5.4 billion in taxpayers’ funds to propaganda programs instructing farmers on “conservation practices,” boosting Big Green’s bureaucratic army. (Roll Call 366, October 4, 2001)

Upton voted with Big Green for an amendment specifically allowing the EPA to engage in “educational programs and informational seminars on global warming.” Such programs not only boost the ranks of Big Green’s bureaucratic army, but intentionally blame supposed “man-made global warming” on American employers and capitalist activity, with no real scientific basis. (July 23, 1998)

Upton voted with Big Green to funnel $44.5 million in funds designated for traditional energy programs to so-called “energy efficiency programs” designed to place the United States in compliance with the anti-jobs Kyoto Protocol, even though Congress refused to ratify the treaty. Upton’s vote was part of a plan by Big Green for backdoor ratification of Kyoto, imposing the treaty’s anti-capitalist, job-killing mandates without ever directly voting on it. (July 21, 1998)

Upton voted with Big Green against a bill directing the Interior Secretary to audit the then-315 units of the national park system and determine which parks are unnecessary and wasteful. Big Green bitterly opposed the bill because it would limit their army of federal bureaucrats as well as the acreage of American land they exert control over. (HR 260, September 19, 1995)

Upton voted with Big Green — twice — for an amendment, and a motion to instruct, striking from the EPA budget common-sense provisions limiting their often-abused authority. (Stokes Amendment and Motion to Instruct to HR 2099, July 28, 1995 and November 2, 1995)

Upton voted with Big Green for the amendment imposing “national performance standards” on plumbing fixtures, in essence, nationalizing your toilet and putting your shower under federal control. (Atkins Amendment, May 20, 1992)

Upton voted with Big Green against an amendment to cut $145 million from the “Mission to Planet Earth” program, which spends millions of dollars and enlists thousands of bureaucrats in a drive to spread radical and scientifically baseless propaganda blaming capitalist activity for so-called “man made global warming.” (Chapman Amendment to NASA appropriations, June 6, 1991)

Upton voted with Big Green to override President Reagan’s veto of a bill “strengthening and reauthorizing” the so-called “Clean Water Act,” which Big Green bureaucrats abuse to exert federal control over water. (February 3, 1987)

On behalf of our fast-growing membership, and all conservative activists, we ask that you not only drop Mr. Upton from consideration as Energy and Commerce Committee chairman, but to remove him from the committee altogether.

We do not seek a meeting or a photo op with you. All we request, and will accept, is written confirmation Mr. Upton will not be considered the chair the committee.

Congratulations again on taking a majority in the House. We look forward to working with you over the next two years to enact reasonable policies that create jobs, lower taxes, protect property rights and defend our freedoms from the threats posed by Big Green.

In Liberty,

Donald E. Ferguson
Executive Director
Western Tradition Partnership
westerntradition.org

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