Efforts to limit the Environmental Protection Agency’s authority to regulate greenhouse gases are heating up in the ongoing climate bill debate, according to Politico.com
Recent drafts of the legislation would reduce EPA’s regulatory powers under the Clean Air Act, according to lawmakers and lobbyists familiar with the bill.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), says the provision is necessary to win business backing for the bill. “I wouldn’t support EPA regulation on top of congressional action, and I couldn’t support 50 states coming up with their own standards,” he said. “That’s one thing business legitimately needs.”
Language that limits EPA’s authority is also needed to win the votes of key moderates on both sides of the aisle. “I think it’s going to help to get a lot of people’s votes,” Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) said of the provision. “I also think it’s the right thing to do. If you have a national goal, you can’t also have 50 goals.”