‘Regulation Reality Tour’ stops in GJ

With the group’s EPA Carbon Cop smart cars providing a background, Tim Phillips, president of Americans for Prosperity, talks to a crowd of about 70 people during a stop by AFP’s “Regulation Reality Tour” at a downtown parking lot west of First Street. The event was to alert citizens to the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed global warming regulations.

Hands jumped to cell phones shortly after noon Wednesday when the president of Americans for Prosperity urged a Grand Junction rally to call Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo.

The idea, Tim Phillips said, was to force the Senate to deal directly with cap-and-trade issues rather than let the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency take the lead in dealing with carbon dioxide.

Phillips spoke to about 70 people gathered for the “Regulation Reality Tour” in a parking lot north of the old City Market warehouse at First Street and Colorado Avenue.

Cap-and-trade measures in Congress are stuck, Phillips said, but the Obama administration is moving to limit carbon-dioxide emissions without congressional approval.

The EPA’s classification of carbon dioxide as a pollutant allows the agency free rein to reorder the economy, Phillips said. Congress is allowing the EPA to take the lead when elected officials should be doing that, he said.

“Do it the honest way through the Senate,” he said. “Don’t do it through the back door through the EPA.”

The “Regulation Reality Tour” included two smart cars designed to look like the cars depicted in Audi’s Super Bowl commercial showing Green Police issuing tickets for environmental infractions.

One person at the demonstration, Mike Thrash of Montrose, got through on one line into Bennet’s office.

“Tell Sen. Bennet I am violently opposed to cap and trade,” Thrash said. “81504. But I’m in Grand Junction now.”

He was asked about his ZIP code, Thrash said. As to reaction to his comment, Thrash smiled thinly and said he was told, “Thank you so much for your call.”

Bennet’s office logged 15 calls at that time, “all of which were attended by a staff person,” a spokesman said.

Reliable sources of energy are key to national recovery, Phillips said, adding, “To get the economy going we need cheap energy.”

Participants in the rally are “people who are willing to take this country back,” Jeff Crank, Colorado state director of Americans fro Prosperity, told the group.

Modern techniques of drilling for natural gas are being done in “an environmentally sensitive manner,” Mesa County Commissioner Craig Meis said.

Kathy Hall, a former Mesa County commissioner and former head of the Western Slope Colorado Oil and Gas Association, said the real danger of new legislation is the rules and regulations are being drawn up by “nameless, faceless people” in the government bureaucracy.


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