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Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI), who will become the chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee this week, indicated Sunday that he would block Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) greenhouse gas regulations.

“We are not going to let this administration regulate what they’ve been unable to legislate,” Rep. Upton told Fox News host Chris Wallace. “We’re going to have early, early hearings on this. We’re going to see exactly what their analysis is on its impact on jobs.”

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“There’s also something called the Congressional Review Act, that within 60 days of rules being published, Congress can take this up and with an up-or-down vote, it is filibuster-proof in the Senate,” he added.

The Congressional Review Act was enacted in 1996 and allows Congress to overrule federal regulations issued by government agencies. It has only been successfully used once.

Writing for The Wall Street Journal in an op-ed last week, Rep. Upton and Tim Phillips, president of Americans for Prosperity, said the EPA’s plan to begin regulating carbon emissions from power plants was “an unconstitutional power grab that will kill millions of jobs.”

“But we checked, Congressman, on your congressional web site, and you say on the web site, ‘I strongly believe that everything must be on the table as we seek to reduce carbon emissions. Climate change is a serious problem that necessitates serious solutions,'” Wallace said.

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“So question, is carbon a problem or isn’t it? And if it is, if you’re going to kill the EPA regulation, what is your solution?”

“We want to do this in a reasonable way,” Rep. Upton responded. “Before the end of the next decade, our country is going to need 30 to 40 more percent more electricity than we use today.”

“I don’t think that we have to regulate carbon to the degree we have a carbon tax or you have a cap-and-trade system,” he added.

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The tea party group FreedomWorks launched the website “Down With Upton” because of his past support for banning incandescent light bulbs. In an email announcing the campaign, the group said that “Fred Upton has a Big Government record a mile long, and light bulbs are just the beginning.”

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Has anything changed since Burning Man’s sex assault and labor issues were exposed?

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The last weekend in August marks the start of Burning Man, a week-long, festival in the Nevada desert consisting of freewheeling performance art, fanciful costumes, and a lot of drugs. The anarchic party with more than 50,000 attendees constitutes a pilgrimage for many attendees, lured by the promise of leaving the “default world” behind in exchange for a transformative or even spiritual experience.

This article originally appeared at Salon.

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Truckers are facing a ‘bloodbath’ in their industry — and it’s turning many in the pro-Trump group against him: report

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Truckers are numerous, conservative, and hurting. And despite their widespread support for Donald Trump’s candidacy in 2016, a new report from Business Insider suggests the pain in the industry might be turning these workers away from the president.

The political trends in trucking are not insignificant. According to the American Trucking Associations, there were an estimated 3.5 million truck drivers in 2018. RTS Financial has found that there are 7.4 million jobs total “tied to the trucking industry.” And Business Insider reported that nearly 90 percent of truckers are registered voters, higher than the general population.

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WATCH: Trump’s collusion with Russia is now a topic for impeachment — along with obstruction and racism

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President Donald Trump's interactions with Russia are now a topic of the impeachment investigation.

"There was an important development in support for impeachment proceedings in the House of Representatives today," MSNBC anchor Lawrence O'Donnell reported Tuesday. "Important both in who the new support comes from and what that support is based on."

"Congresswoman Lauren Underwood of Illinois is one of the freshmen Democrats who flipped a Republican district last year in winning her election. She brings the total number of House Democrats supporting impeachment now to 126 -- a majority of the Democrats' 235 members of the House," he explained.

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