Ernst accuses Biden of using environmental policy as a ‘smokescreen’ for regulations, introduces bill for EPA oversight


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FIRST ON FOX: Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, introduced the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Transparency Act to curb federal government excesses and force the Biden administration to be more transparent about its climate program.

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Ernst, who serves on the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, hopes the new bill will strengthen President Biden’s regulatory oversight. EPA on Iowa Farmers and Small Businesses.

“President Biden has continued to use environmental concerns as a smokescreen to impose more onerous federal rules and regulations, often to the detriment of Iowa farmers and small businesses,” Ernst said in a statement to Fox News Digital. .

Senator Joni Ernst speaks alongside other Republican senators during a press conference on rising gas and energy prices at the US Capitol on October 27, 2021.
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The EPA Transparency Act would require each new EPA rule that increases the role of the federal government over an individual’s private land and property to be accompanied by two reports.

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The first report would require the EPA to provide data to back up claims that the rule actually tackles climate change. The second would require an analysis of how the rule would financially affect small businesses. Completed reports would be made available to the public and sent to Congress.

The senator believes that “this new effort will increase oversight and transparency and hold the Biden administration accountable – ensuring it both demonstrates the need for any new regulations and understands its impact on Americans.”

Ernst’s office pointed to the Biden administration’s claim behind the repeal of the Trump administration’s navigable waters protection rule that it caused harm and environmental damage. The Iowa farmers reportedly saw no environmental damage on the ground, and neither the EPA nor the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers provided Ernst and his colleagues with evidence or documented “damage and harm.” “.

Also, the Biden administration’s emphasis on electric vehicles, claiming they are the “zero emissions” solution to energy, is another Biden administration ploy, according to Ernst.

China dominates the extraction of rare earth minerals essential to the production of an electric vehicle, and does so in a way that is far from zero emissions and non-compliant with the United States’ strict environmental regulations. extraction. By the time an electric vehicle leaves the showroom, it’s already emitted twice the CO2 emissions of a gasoline-powered car, so the administration is ignoring much of the lifecycle emissions and paying billions in electric transportation under the guise of fighting climate change, Ernst’s office says.

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The EPA did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment on Ernst’s bill.

Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen speaks during the United Nations Climate Summit in Glasgow, Scotland, November 3, 2021.

Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen speaks during the United Nations Climate Summit in Glasgow, Scotland, November 3, 2021.
(AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)

The new bill also comes after Republican Review Committee (RSC) Chief Representative Jim Banks, R-Ind., asked Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen to investigate whether Russia was secretly funding American green groups.

Republicans on the House Energy and Commerce Committee also recently called on three environmental groups to disclose their ties to a nongovernmental organization allegedly used by President Vladimir Putin.

These efforts come amid the horrific Russian-Ukrainian war, encouraging more lawmakers to question the Biden administration’s ties to Russia and also spurring efforts to bring energy production back to the United States.

Fox News’ Kelly Laco and Marisa Schultz contributed to this report.

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