"GOP Targets EPA Rules To Address Global Warming"

"House Republicans wasted no time Thursday in trying to block the Obama administration from acting to stem global warming.

On their second day in power, Republican lawmakers introduced several bills that would hamstring the Environmental Protection Agency from moving forward with regulations to reduce heat-trapping pollution from factories and other sources that they say contributes to global warming. The bills are part of an effort by House Republicans to reverse what they consider job-killing policies of the administration. The bills introduced by Reps. Ted Poe (R-TX), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), would stymie the EPA in different ways.

Poe's measure would prohibit the EPA from using any money to implement or enforce regulations to impose a limit on global warming gases. Blackburn's bill would change the Clean Air Act so the EPA could no longer use the law to control greenhouse gases. ... Capito's measure would delay for two years any effort by the EPA to regulate carbon dioxide under the Clean Air Act."

Whether they have the votes to succeed is uncertain.

The Associated Press had the story January 6, 2011.


"Congressional Review Act Might Not Be an Option to Fight EPA's Greenhouse Gas Regs" (ClimateWire)

"New Science Panel Chairman to Probe 'Quality' of Climate Science" (ClimateWire)

"RIP, Select Committee on Global Warming" (Mother Jones)

"House Republicans Get Early Warning From California Sen. Barbara Boxer" (Greenspace/LA Times)

"Republicans Attempt To Stifle Action on Climate Change" (Guardian)

Source: AP, 01/07/2011