EPA not stopped yet on GHG

6 Apr 2011

We’ve blogged before about EPA’s regulations to regulate large greenhouse gas emitters.  Congress had bills pending in both houses to bar EPA from regulating GHGs.  The President has vowed to veto any such bill, but for now, it may not even get to his desk.

The Senate took up the matter first and it required 60 votes to pass (because of the manner in which it was postured) and it only received 50 votes on Wednesday.  Four Democrats joined most Republicans in voting for the measure; one Republican, Sen. Susan Collins (Maine), joined Democrats in voting against it.

As far as the Michigan-connection, before the final vote, 3 different amendments had been offered by Democrats, all of which were voted down.

One would have exempted agriculture and smaller greenhouse gas emitters from EPA’s permitting process; another, would have delayed EPA rules for 2 years; and a third, sponsored by Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), would have delayed the rules for 2 years, exempted agriculture and provided a tax credit to clean energy technology manufacturers.  Interestingly, Ms. Stabenow is up for election in 2012. Coincidence?  I think not.

Also, the House on Wednesday considered a similar measure sponsored by House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) that would prevent the EPA from regulating GHG emissions under the Clean Air Act.  Twelve Democratic amendments to the measure were also being considered; votes were expected Wednesday evening.

Leave a Comment Below

Leave a Reply