Monday, March 1, 2010

Plans to Block EPA�"s Greenhouse Gas Powers Won�"t Derail Higher Fuel Efficiency Standards

Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska with reporters

Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, responds to reporters.

New proposals in the Senate and House to prevent the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating emissions of greenhouse gases have little chance of stopping higher fuel efficiency standards from going into effect.

Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, last week introduced a bill to block EPA's power under the Clean Air Act to limit emissions from motor vehicles and other sources. Two key House Democrats followed with a similar bill.

Murkowsk's efforts to block EPA from regulating greenhouse gas emissions started last fall. She first introduced an amendment in September 2009, saying the regulations would result in an �Seconomic train wreck.⬝ At that time, Murkowski said the block on EPA�"s powers would only affect stationary emissions sources�like power plants, refineries and manufacturers�and that regulation of automobile emissions could continue. The Senate declined to take up Murkowski�"s proposal.

The new proposals put vehicle emissions back into consideration. Yet, these plans have little hope because efforts to block the EPA would face a tough battle from a Democratic-led Congress and would face a veto from President Obama.

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