Upton’s agenda: Kill the House climate change committee, battle ‘job killing’ EPA rules

The piece attacks toughened ozone standards, rules for commercial boilers and other pieces of what he calls a “regulatory train wreck” of “job killing” plans.

Upton also bashes the climate change panel that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) created in 2007 and Rep. Edward Markey (D-Mass.) chairs, calling it an example of Democratic priorities that are out of step with the public.

“To date, this new select committee has needlessly spent nearly $8 million in taxpayer money, and that does not account for the countless dollars spent on so-called ‘fact finding’ missions,” Upton writes in the op-ed posted online Monday evening that appears in Tuesday's print edition of the paper.

“By law, this select committee has no legislative role; its sole purpose is to write reports. The only jobs created by this committee are within the confines of Capitol Hill. The American people do not need Congress to spend millions of dollars to write reports and fly around the world. We must terminate this wasteful committee.”

Senior Democrats have not said whether the climate panel will continue if they retain the House majority. Markey has used the committee gavel to bash opponents of climate legislation and rally support for steep emissions cuts.

—This post was updated at 11:26 a.m.