Actually, as a colleague reminds me, it is a misnomer to call EPA’s regulatory trigger the endangerment “finding” rather than the endangerment “rule.” The Senate is voting on the “legal force and effect” of the endangerment rule, not trying to determine scientific truth via a head count.
Durbin claims that EPA made its endangerment rule after consulting with “scientists across America.” In fact, as the endangerment rule acknowledges, EPA largely based the rule on the IPCC reports. As the Climategate scandal reveals, the IPCC reports do not meet U.S. Government transparency and accountability standards.
If Sen. Durbin thinks greenhouse gas emissions are so dangerous, then he should follow the Constitution and do the hard work of trying to assemble legislative majorities capable of turning his agenda into law.
Instead, Durbin wants EPA to ‘enact’ his agenda on its own authority, knowing that EPA won’t have to answer to his constituents for the economic impacts at the ballot box.