Bill Moving to Halt EPA Carbon Regs
Yesterday, a subcommittee of the House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee passed a bill, H.R. 910, that would bar the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from regulating
greenhouse gases. It will almost surely pass the full committee and then the House in a matter of weeks.
In the Senate, there's growing support for the measure as well. But instead of an outright ban, the Senate might pass a law that puts the regulations
on hold for 2 years. Obama says he'll veto the bill, so it may never see the light of day. A more likely scenario is that Congress would use
appropriations bills to target the EPA's efforts to regulate greenhouse gases,
defunding that effort specifically instead of barring it. The House version of the spending bill for the rest of 2011 takes that approach; the Senate
was silent on that issue in its version of the bill this week.