Barrasso Seeks to Block EPA Greenhouse Gas Regulations

by mpabst - February 1, 2011

Republican Sen. John Barrasso, who is fast becoming Congress� most prominent climate change denier, introduced a bill Monday to block the Environmental Protection Agency�s powers to regulate greenhouse gases.��As The New York Times , the bill would overturn the EPA�s 2009 finding that carbon dioxide and greenhouse gases are a public health hazard.�

Barrasso, Wyoming’s junior�senator,�said in a statement:

�Washington agencies are now trying a backdoor approach to regulate our climate by abusing existing laws.�

Many in the environmental community would agree with this statement � of course, a viable comprehensive climate change law passed by congress in 2009 but stalled in the senate for lack of 60 votes. But the White House always said that in the absence of a legislative solution, critics would have to put up with an administrative solution to climate change.

Barrasso�s measure has no hope of passing in the Democratic-controlled senate.

However, several coal state Democrats support a two-year moratorium on EPA regulation of emissions in order to allow Congress another chance to address the issue through legislation.

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