Thursday, December 23, 2010

E.P.A. - #2500 - Obama, EPA to Expand Regulatory Regime for Climate Change - Hot Air (3) EPA Presents Plan on Greenhouse Gases, Can Next Congress Stop It?

Not surprising after the Senate Republicans rolled over during the Lame Duck session that Obama would be energized to push for this, AW.  After initially appearing to retreat in the face of the midterm onslaught, Barack Obama and EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson have decided to pursue an end-run strategy to impose regulation on energy producers regarding greenhouse-gas emissions. The move sets up a confrontation between the White House and Congress, which has already signaled a willingness to play hardball with Obama on regulatory innovation: The Obama administration is expected to roll out a major greenhouse gas policy for power plants and refineries as soon as Wednesday, signaling it won’t back off its push to fight climate change in the face of mounting opposition on Capitol Hill.......Alternately, Congress could undo the regulatory changes by using the Congressional Review Act. That law gives Congress the power to undo regulations by executive branch agencies, and more importantly, bypasses the filibuster in the Senate. However, that would require Barack Obama’s signature, which means that the GOP would have to garner two-thirds of each chamber to override a veto — not terribly likely. That would still be a worthwhile exercise, especially with a presidential election approaching, as a way to frame Obama as an out-of-control regulator. The House could also drag Jackson to the Hill as often as they want to demand explanations under oath, and to make the process as uncomfortable as possible for the White House. If Obama wants to play hardball, Republicans have lots of options. They just need to play hardball as well. We’ll see if this inspires them to do so.  Read more........

EPA Taking Over Greenhouse Gas Permits in Texas - Townhall - The Environmental Protection Agency announced Thursday that it is taking the unprecedented step of directly issuing air permits to industries in Texas, citing the state's unwillingness to comply with greenhouse gas regulations going into effect Jan. 2. EPA officials indicated they reluctantly were taking over Clean Air Act Permits for greenhouse gas emissions because "officials in Texas have made clear . . . they have no intention of implementing this portion of the federal air permitting program.".......The EPA also announced Thursday it had set a "modest pace" in developing a timeline to update pollution standards for existing power plants and oil refineries. The agency will propose standards for power plants by July and issue final standards by May 2012. It will propose standards for refineries by December 2011 and issue final standards by the following November.......By singling out the energy sector, the agency puts the nation's fragile economic recovery at risk and stifles job creation," said Segal, who represents utilities and refineries.  Read entire article........  Article contributed by Steve Peters.

EPA Presents Plan on Greenhouse Gases, Can Next Congress Stop It? - Christian Science Monitor -  Setting the stage for a New Year battle royale between Congress and the White House over greenhouse gas emissions, the US Environmental Protection Agency Thursday laid out a timetable for the nation's largest carbon emitters – power plants and refineries – to begin curbing those pollutants. Republicans have said all year that they plan to pull out all the stops to keep the EPA from phasing in greenhouse gas (GHG) regulations beginning in 2011, saying they would damage the energy industry, raise prices, and cost jobs.  Rep. Fred Upton (R) of Michigan, the incoming chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, has said he opposes the regulations on greenhouse gases and indicated he would lead efforts to revoke EPA regulations in the next Congress. The new regulations, he says, will likely lead to the shut down of coal-fired power plants.  Read more......... Article contributed by Steve Peters.

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