Two bills introduced to rein in EPA

February 1, 2011 07:51

Dueling bills to block federal climate change rules landed in the Senate Monday, signaling interest by conservative Republicans and centrist Democrats in curtailing the Environmental Protection Agency. – The Hill

By Andrew Restuccia and Ben Geman at The


But it’s not clear whether the presence of two measures creates political momentum for halting greenhouse gas regulations, or instead reveals divides among EPA foes that can’t be bridged.

Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), who is a member of the GOP leadership team, introduced a sweeping bill with several Republican colleagues that would completely upend the ability of federal agencies to regulate emissions or consider climate change when implementing various environmental statutes.

Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) introduced a less aggressive bill with several centrist Democrats that would delay EPA’s rules for stationary emissions sources like power plants and refineries for two years.

Liberal Senate Democrats, meanwhile, were quick to bash the GOP bill Monday. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Chairwoman Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) said Barrasso’s measure would shatter bipartisan environmental efforts that date back to the late Richard Nixon.


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