Rockefeller Concedes Efforts to Block EPA

Fri, 2010-12-24 16:35

Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) has ended his attempt, for now, to postpone impending regulation of green house gas (GHG) emissions from power plants, refineries and other industrial facilities by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Under the Clean Air Act, the EPA has the authority to regulate those pollutants deemed harmful to human health, including GHGs. The agency has been working on GHG emissions rules, and it plans to begin implementing them in early 2011. Senator Rockefeller’s bill would have delayed EPA’s ability to regulate carbon for two years. Senator Rockefeller has argued that the EPA rules would disproportionately harm coal-heavy states, including West Virginia.

However, even if Rockefeller had been successful in passing this bill through the Senate, it would not have advanced in the House before the end of the year. In the new congress, bolstered by additional conservative Congressman, Rockefeller will try to move his legislation again. It is highly unlikely that President Obama would ever sign such a bill into law.

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