US House Passes Bill to Limit EPA Power to Regulate Green House Gasses
Thursday, April 7, the United States House of Representatives passed a bill (HR 910) that would prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating green house gasses (GHGs) as an air pollutant. The most common GHG is water vapor followed by carbon dioxide otherwise known as CO2.
The bill would add a new section to the Clean Air Act (PL 101-549) exempting greenhouse gases from the EPA's purview, while repealing numerous agency actions to implement new emission restrictions.
The bill immediately effects all producers of GHGs except motor vehicles, including motorcycles.
The bill holds in place the existing motor vehicle rule from 2011 until 2016, but removes EPA''s authority to regulate greenhouse gases and issue rules on mobile sources after 2016, as it relates to GHGs. The bill also removes the waiver provided to California. Should the bill become law, it would strip the EPA's ability to limit tailpipe emissions in 2016, until then all motor vehicles are subject the Agency's regulatory control.
However, the future of this bill is bleak as the Senate voted earlier this week on similar language and it failed.
The Kids Just Want to Ride, The Senate Version
Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) has filed an amendment (S. 264) that replicates the House language (HR 412) that exempts youth motorcycles and ATVs from the Consumer Product Safety Commission's lead ban. The amendment, 1 of 104, is filed to the Small Business Innovation Research Reauthorization Act (S. 493). There is no way to know if and when the amendment will be called.
Call your Senators and ask them to vote 'yes' should it come up for a vote. You can reach the US Capitol switchboard at 202-224-3121.
Federal Highway Administration Undertakes Research into Motorcycle Safety
Recently the Motorcycle Riders Foundation participated in a project with the US Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). The project is a "scan" of motorcycle safety programs and initiatives being carried out by States and Organizations. The purpose of the "scan" is to gain insight into what's happening in the motorcycle safety community, what works and what else needs to be done. The individuals asking the questions, some of whom ride, are genuinely interested in making a difference and not just prescribing safety laws as a silver bullet. A full report will be available with a year.