Federal Power Grab by Summer Stealth; Brought to Minnesota by Obama’s EPA and the Council on Environmental Quality

Background: The Minnesota Free Market Institute has joined the American Environmental Institute (AEI) and The National Water and Conservation Alliance to lead a coalition of interested organizations and individuals to challenge the Minnesota Environmental Partnership, made up of 80 environmental organizations, and the Environmental Grantmakers Association, a consortium of over 200 corporate foundations that
generously fund the movement.

We need your help to quickly educate Minnesotans and our leaders about a federal effort by the Obama Administration:
EPA and the Corps of Engineers have issued a draft guidance related to the
so-called “clean water” legislation that would circumvent Congress, the Supreme
Court, and the Administrative Procedures Act with the intention of achieving
what failed in the form of the Oberstar/Feingold “clean water” legislation. The deadline for public comment is July 1st.

Helpful links are:

http://water.epa.gov/lawsregs/guidance/wetlands/CWAwaters.cfm
and http://water.epa.gov/lawsregs/guidance/wetlands/upload/wous_guidance_4-2011.pdf

The EPA will finalize phase 2 of the Greenhouse Gas Emissions program to prevent global warming.  The deadline for public comment is July 1st.

Helpful links are:

http://www.epa.gov/NSR/documents/20100413fs.pdf and

http://www.mainstreetinsider.org/90secondsummaries/?p=249

WHAT YOU CAN DO: Call and email our senators and tell them we want the Obama Administration and EPA to INDEFINITELY DELAY issuing both the guidance on clean water and the Phase 2 Greenhouse Gas Emissions program to allow for public education and comment and to OPPOSE this outrageous, federal power grab. The EPA actions conflict with the state of Minnesota’s ability to govern itself properly,and the clean water act guidance is in direct conflict with a 1995 state water rights statute (authored by prominent democrats).

Sen. Amy Klobuchar is a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW) and Sen. Al Franken is a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources
Committee.

Senator Amy Klobuchar’s contact person is  Adam_Durand@klobuchar.senate.gov
(adam_durand@klobuchar.senate.gov) 202-224-3244

Senator Al Franken’s contact person is  zoe_beck@franken.senate.gov (zoe_beck@franken.senate.gov) 202-224-5641

You can call any Senator at (202) 224-3121.

Here is the Environment and Public Works (EPW) website (chaired by Sen. Barbara Boxer)

Majority/Democratic Office: (202) 224-8832 Minority/Republican Office: (202) 224-6176

EPW website: http://epw.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Home.Home

Contact Person:
Don Parmeter, Fellow at Minnesota Free Market Institute and President of the American
Environmental Institute donparmeter@msn.com or at (651)
493-3532

Contact Person:
Kim Crockett, President of Minnesota Free Market Institute kimc@mnfreemarketinstitute.org
or at (612) 388.2820