Skelton reverses position on greenhouse gases

Yesterday, Ike Skelton (D-MO) reversed his position on greenhouse gases and the EPA’s authority to regulate them. In the past, Skelton has been a supporter of cap-and-trade.

Last June, Skelton voted with his party leadership for a cap-and-trade bill. The measure passed the House 219-212.

According to Politico, Skelton has tried to present his cap-and-trade vote to the folks back home as an effort to protect people from the EPA. The thinking here is that since it would be Congress, not the Obama administration, writing the emissions reduction rules, it would be much better.It would seem that his constituents aren’t buying that message, especially in light of all the climate change science revelations. Skeleton has now changed his position on the subject.

Republicans, the Chamber of Commerce and now Democrats like House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson, D-Minn., are pushing legislation to prevent that.

Skelton has signed on to Peterson’s bill, which would reverse the EPA finding that greenhouse gases are a pollutant.A small step but at least it is in the right direction.

Hat tip: Instapundit.

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