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    This page contains letters signed by elected officials, usually written to the President or relevant members of Congress.

100310-Gov on Mar 10, 2010

Letter: Letter from 20 Governors to leaders in Congress
Source: Letter from 20 Governors to leaders in Congress
We feel compelled to guard against a regulatory approach that would increase the cost of electricity and gasoline prices, manufactured products, and ultimately harm the competitiveness of the US economy. As governors, we strongly urge Congress to stop harmful EPA regulation of greenhouse gas emissions that could damage those vital interests. We ask that Congress continue its work to pass comprehensive legislation that balances the role of conservation and climate security with the production of abundant and affordable American energy. The EPA has initiated efforts to impose greenhouse gas regulations that could be harmful to our economies at an especially critical time. As Governors, we are gravely concerned about such regulation.

EPA is not equipped to consider the very real potential for economic harm when regulating emissions. Without that consideration, regulation will place heavy administrative burdens on state environmental quality agencies, will be costly to consumers, and could be devastating to the economy and jobs.

We believe that EPA should offer input regarding complex energy and environmental policy initiatives, like reducing greenhouse gas emissions, but feel that these policies are best developed by elected representatives at the state and national level, not by a single federal agency. There is no question that broad bipartisan support exists to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while taking into consideration the difficult fiscal situation that our states and the nation face.


    Participating counts on VoteMatch question 18. Question 18: Prioritize green energy Scores: -2=Strongly oppose; -1=Oppose; 0=neutral; 1=Support; 2=Strongly support.
  • Topic: Energy & Oil
  • Headline: Stop harmful EPA regulation of greenhouse gas emissions (Score: -2)

    Participating counts on AmericansElect question 2.
  • Headline: Stop harmful EPA regulation of greenhouse gas emissions (Answer: D)
  • AmericansElect Quiz Question 2 on Energy: When you think about America’s energy needs, which of the following solutions comes closest to your opinion?
    • A: Strong investment in renewable energy like wind and solar
    • B: More drilling than investment in renewables (mix of both solutions)
    • C: More investment in renewable than drilling (mix of both solutions)
    • D: Strong focus on offshore drilling and allowing drilling in federal lands including wildlife reserves
    • E: Unsure


  • Key for participation codes:
  • Sponsorships: p=sponsored; o=co-sponsored; s=signed
  • Memberships: c=chair; m=member; e=endorsed; f=profiled; s=scored
  • Resolutions: i=introduced; w=wrote; a=adopted
  • Cases: w=wrote; j=joined; d=dissented; c=concurred
  • Surveys: '+' supports; '-' opposes.



Democrats participating in 100310-Gov

Joe Manchin III s1sWV Democratic Senator 
Sonny Perdue s1sGA Former Democratic Governor (2002-2010) 



Republicans participating in 100310-Gov

Haley Barbour s1sMS Former Republican challenger (2006), Governor 
Jan Brewer s1sAZ Republican Governor 
Jim Gibbons s1sNevada Republican 
Dave Heineman s1sNE Republican Governor 
Gary Herbert s1sUT Republican Governor 
John Hoeven s1sND Former Republican Governor (2000-2010) 
Bobby Jindal s1sLA Republican Governor 
Linda Lingle s1sHI Former Republican Governor (2002-2010) 
Bob McDonnell s1sVA Republican Governor 
Sean Parnell s1sAK Republican Governor 
Tim Pawlenty s1sMN Former Republican Governor (2002-2010) 
Bob Riley s1sAL Former Republican Governor (until 2010) 
Mike Rounds s1sSD Former Republican Governor (2002-2010) 
Mark Sanford s1sSC Former Republican Governor (2002-2010) 



Independents participating in 100310-Gov

Donald Carcieri s1sRI Previous Republican Governor 
Luis Fortuno s1sPuerto Rico At-Large (retired 2008) 



Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 2
Republicans: 14
Independents: 2


















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