13 Jun '11, 10pm

Tea Party is reason for congressman's environmental flip-flops: LA Times says the head of the House Energy and C...

Tea Party is reason for congressman's environmental flip-flops: LA Times says the head of the House Energy and C...

An about-face on the environment may have been enough to help Upton survive a Tea Party challenge during the 2010 primary season, but it wasn’t enough to appease other members serving in the House of Representatives. When Rush Limbaugh started a movement to sink Upton’s candidacy for the Energy and Commerce chairmanship , Upton was said to “quietly build a base that would testify to his conservative priorities." This allowed Upton to get the chairmanship, and since doing so he has helped the committee to halt EPA rules to curb coal emissions, clean up oil refineries and require the oil and gas industry to invest in billions of dollars in new antipollution equipment. “That agenda has won praise from industry, especially as the Obama administration for now pares back its environmental goals,” wrote Banerjee.

Full article: http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/politics/blogs/tea-party...

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