Senators vow to strip Obama climate power
Even if the bill fails, Democrats will be on record as the party who support rising energy costs. We expect that "Defund" will be the catch word in 2011. MWFH's
Conservative senators vowed Monday to strip President Barack Obama of his power to regulate greenhouse gases, in a move that would cripple US efforts on climate change if successful.
Eleven Republican senators introduced a bill that would stop the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating greenhouse gases, which scientists blame for global warming, without explicit approval by Congress.
Under Obama, the federal agency has steadily increased standards on gas emissions. The Republicans accused Obama of circumventing Congress, where a so-called “cap-and-trade” bill to mandate emission curbs died last year.
“My bill will shrink Washington’s job-crushing agenda and grow America’s economy,” said Senator John Barrasso, a Republican from Wyoming and skeptic of climate change who is leading the effort.
“I will do whatever it takes to ensure that Washington doesn’t impose cap-and-trade policies in any form.”
The Obama administration counters that a shift to green energy would help both the planet and the economy by creating a new source of high-paying jobs.
Senator John Kerry, a Democrat from Massachusetts who led last year’s climate bill, hit back that Barrasso’s proposal “puts the public health at risk and encourages the outsourcing of American jobs.”
Democratic Senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey accused the Republicans of doing the bidding of industrial emitters, saying: “The health of our children must come before the interests of polluters.”
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