Senator Murkowski Plans to Stop EPA From Setting Emission Controls
U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) is aiming to push forward a bill which will strip the Environmental Protection Agency's ability to regulate greenhouse gas emissions in the United States.
In December the EPA approved a regulation to set up controls to limit the emission of greenhouse gases. However, Senator Murkowski believes this is irresponsible since Congress was not involved in the decision, and wants to take the ability to control emissions out of the hands of the EPA. She says EPA regulations of emissions will lead to job losses and deeper economic problems. In Murkowski's opinion, carbon emission controls should be the result of the passage of a larger energy policy.
Murkowski told the Senate that she has the firm of support of 35 Republicans and three democrats for her initiative. Despite this support, she faces an uphill battle, as she would have to convince many more Democrats and also faces the possiblity of a veto by President Obama.
Environmentalists see Murkowski's legislation as another attempt by Republicans to foil action on climate change, including filibustering the Waxman-Markey Bill. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Chairman Barbara Boxer called Murkowski's actions an assault on science: "We cannot and must not repeal a scientific health finding."
Read the full story at Reuters: Senator Murkowski aims to stop EPA carbon controls
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