Press Release

Bishop Reacts to Obama Climate Change Policy

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Washington, Jun 25, 2013 | Melissa.Subbotin@mail.house.gov | comments
WASHINGTON– Congressman Rob Bishop (UT-01), Chairman of the House Natural Resources Public Lands and Environmental Regulation subcommittee, announced his opposition to President Obama’s sweeping climate change proposal. Similar to Cap and Trade, which failed in the 111th Congress when Democrats controlled the House and Senate, the new proposal would seek to place new regulations on energy production and would pick winners and losers among the types of energy produced in this country.  Alternatively, Bishop supports an “all of the above” approach to energy production.

“Once again we see the President capitulating to the whims of special interest group allies who are frustrated with both Republican and Democratically controlled Congresses refusal to give them the carte blanche treatment they think they deserve. Disfavor with the speed or manner in which Congress takes up issues is not suitable justification for the President to unilaterally impose sweeping new policies, especially ones that will change the course of energy production in this country,” said Bishop.

The Sierra Club began laying the groundwork for this announcement over five months ago, which The Hill newspaper noted in a January 14, 2013 story, which stated:

“With the House still under GOP control, Sierra Club is urging Obama to take matters into his owns hands. Mary Anne Hitt, director of Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal campaign, said Obama could bypass Congress by issuing regulations to enhance clean-energy investment and curtail carbon emissions.” – Coleman, Zack (2013, Jan. 14). Sierra Club urges Obama to wield ‘full executive authority’ against climate change. The Hill [link]

 

“This announcement flies in the face of the open and public Congressional process, which, whether the President likes it or not, exists because of our Constitution.  If the president wants to legislate he should have stayed in the Senate.  As a former high school history teacher, it concerns me that the President has already forgotten that this type of unilateral governance has failed throughout history and there is a reason we have three branches of government, not just one,” Bishop added.

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