Ag Chairman Backs Bid To Block EPA Regs

A trio of House lawmakers, led by Agriculture Chairman Rep. Collin Peterson, D-MN, last week introduced a bill to block the U.S. EPA’s authority to regulate greenhouse gases.

Peterson and Reps. Ike Skelton, D-MO, and Jo Ann Emerson, R-MO, would amend the Clean Air Act to prohibit EPA from regulating greenhouse gases based on their effects on global climate change.

The bill also would stop EPA from penalizing corn ethanol for international indirect land use change.

The effort comes as EPA prepares to begin regulating greenhouse gases next month with its final tailpipe standard. That rule will trigger stationary source regulations, and the agency is expected to continue crafting greenhouse gas standards for other sectors.

In the House, Rep. Earl Pomeroy, D-ND, introduced a separate bill to strip EPA of its authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions unless Congress approves.

(Source: New York Times)

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