The Topeka Capital-Journal - Jenkins: Congress Should Have Say on Climate Change

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Date: Aug. 15, 2013
Location: Topeka, KS
Issues: Environment

Responding to a question about climate change at a town hall forum this week, U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins, R-Topeka, said she is strongly against the Environmental Protection Agency taking action without Congressional consent.

Jenkins panned recent comments by President Barack Obama and EPA head Gina McCarthy that suggested the administration could bypass Congress and institute regulations curbing carbon emissions scientific studies have tied to global climate change.

"What Republicans are opposed to is this administration using the EPA to go around the federal government and implement policies," Jenkins said, adding "We cannot let this administration bypass the democratic process."

Some in the crowd expressed skepticism when the climate change question was raised, with one person saying "What climate change?"

When asked after the forum whether she believes climate change exists and whether it is a problem that should be addressed, Jenkins offered the following statement:

"I believe the climate changes, but the answer is not to give the EPA orders to run roughshod over the democratic process," Jenkins said.