Obama to hold tight to CO2 power – threatens veto

June 9, 2010 04:56

President Barack Obama on Tuesday threatened to veto Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s (R-Alaska) resolution that would overturn EPA’s power to regulate greenhouse gas emissions.

By Ben Geman and Puneet Kollipara at The Hill

“[I]t would increase the Nation’s dependence on oil and other fossil fuels and block efforts to cut pollution that threatens our health and well-being,” the White House said in a Statement of Administration Policy on the measure.

The statement, in sync with the political messaging of Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and liberal advocates, ties the Murkowski plan to the ongoing Gulf of Mexico crisis, claiming it would “undermine the Administration’s efforts to reduce the negative impacts of pollution and the risks associated with environmental catastrophes, like the ongoing BP oil spill.”

The statement also notes it would hinder the Environmental Protection Agency’s ability to reduce vehicle greenhouse gas emissions, and defends EPA regulation of large industrial emissions sources like power plants and refineries that begins next year.

It says that Obama’s senior advisors would recommend that he veto the measure.

Murkowski has 40 co-sponsors — including three centrist Democrats — for her resolution, slated for a Senate vote Thursday. The resolution, issued under the little-used Congressional Review Act, cannot be filibustered, but Murkowski nonetheless faces a tough climb to win a majority vote.


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