EPA’s GHG Regulations Sure to be Political Battle in 2011.

30 Dec 2010

On Tuesday, Arthur blogged about the EPA announcement that it plans to regulate greenhouse-gas emissions from power plants and oil refineries in 2011.  Republicans, who recaptured control of the House and added seats in the Senate, have come out strongly opposing the EPA’s new rules.  Representative Fred Upton, the Michigan Republican who will become chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee next month, was quoted in the New York Times as saying, “We will not allow the administration to regulate what they have been unable to legislate.  This Christmas surprise is nothing short of a backdoor attempt to implement their failed job-killing cap-and-trade scheme.”

This will surely be a hot political battle to monitor in 2011.  Cleaner air versus increased operating costs for Michigan’s power plants and resulting higher energy bills for consumers.  Stay tuned because the results are going to impact all of us in one way or another.  Also, if your business hasn’t already begun implementing energy efficient measures, you are already behind the curve since energy prices are sure to go up in 2011 — even if the EPA’s GHG regulations are successfully blocked by Congress.

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