The president needs to reassert his authority and veto any regulations that weaken the EPA and their ability to curb power plant emissions. In light of the overwhelming science and clear, compelling and quite visible evidence that the climate is warming, it boggles the mind and staggers the imagination that congress would act in such a way. It’s not only against the best interests of their respective constituencies but, selfishly, against those of the entire world!
By Elizabeth Goldbaum, Science Policy Fellow
Washington, D.C. – The House and Senate approved two resolutions that would halt the president’s plan to regulate and reduce greenhouse gas emissions from power plants.
S.J.Res.23 is a “joint resolution providing for congressional disapproval” to nullify the Environmental Protection Agency’s new rules to reduce emissions from new and modified power plants. S.J.Res.24 is a “joint resolution providing for congressional disapproval” to reduce carbon dioxide pollution from existing electric power generators – the latter resolution directly addresses the Clean Power Plan, which is administered by the EPA.
The resolutions passed along a near-party line vote, with several Democrats joining Republicans to support the bill, and a small number of Republicans opposing the bill. The resolutions were introduced on October 26, passed the Senate on November 17 and passed the House on December 1.
The Clean Power Plan is “a historic and important step…
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