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GOP Bills Would Curb EPA on Global Warming Battle
2011-01-07 01:28:22.970 GMT

Washington (AP) -- House Republicans wasted no time
Thursday in trying to block the Obama administration from
acting to stem global warming. On their second day in power,
GOP lawmakers introduced several bills that would hamstring the
Environmental Protection Agency from moving forward with
regulations to reduce heat-trapping pollution from factories
and other sources that they say contributes to global warming.
The bills are part of an effort by House Republicans to
reverse what they consider job-killing policies of the
administration. The bills introduced by Rep. Ted Poe of Texas,
Rep. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee and Rep. Shelley Moore
Capito of West Virginia would stymie the EPA in different
Poe's measure would prohibit the EPA from using any money
to implement or enforce regulations to impose a limit on global
warming gases. Blackburn's bill would change the Clean Air Act
so the EPA could no longer use the law to control greenhouse
A 2007 Supreme Court decision said the EPA had the
authority to regulate carbon dioxide and other global warming
gases under the statute.
Capito's measure would delay for two years any effort by
the EPA to regulate carbon dioxide under the Clean Air Act.
In a statement, Capito called the EPA's actions a power
grab that would have devastating effects on the economy.
"Without congressional action to say otherwise, the EPA
will continue to dismantle energy and manufacturing industries
through regulation," she said.
Meanwhile, a top Democrat in the Senate on environmental
issues, Sen. Barbara Boxer of California, said Thursday she
would use every tool to block the Republicans efforts and
ensure that the EPA was allowed to follow the law.

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