- Peter Kinder resigns federal agency post, concludes position unnecessary and waste of tax dollars (6/16/18)2
- Stormy Daniels to visit East Cape Girardeau (6/13/18)20
- Longtime downtown Cape bartender Marcellus Jones remembered by friends (6/12/18)2
- Committee to start planning process for indoor aquatic center in Cape (6/20/18)1
- A community rallies behind Honorable Young Men's Club (6/16/18)1
- Southeast to spend $150,000 to refresh brand with Ohio firm (6/19/18)6
- New urban dance studio opens on Broadway (6/15/18)2
- Jackson natives compete in 260-mile canoe race (6/16/18)1
- Couple charged in beating death at Brick's (6/13/18)
- Mother, child reportedly hit by car in Cape Girardeau (6/18/18)
Federal cap-and-trade legislation is stalled. The House has passed a bill that would allow companies to trade credits for the emission of greenhouse gases. But the Senate is more reluctant to pass the bill. So the Environmental Protection Agency has decided to impose its own rules. Two U.S. representatives from large rural districts in Missouri, Jo Ann Emerson from Cape Girardeau and Ike Skelton from Lexington, say the EPA's move is unfair to the affected businesses, including the nation's largest power plants, and usurps the decision-making authority of elected members of Congress.
The proposed EPA rules are being pushed by the Obama administration. President Obama has said Congress is dragging its feet and the EPA should go ahead with "commonsense" rules instead of waiting for legislative action.
With all due deference to division of powers, as the president is prone to say, imposing greenhouse gas standards is something for members of Congress -- elected by and answerable to their constituents -- to decide, not appointed EPA bureaucrats.
The fact that Emerson, a Republican, and Skelton, a Democrat, have joined forces to oppose these rules speaks volumes about the deep-seated feelings of the legislative branch and its lawmaking obligation.