Undaunted by the death of climate legislation earlier this year, the Environmental Protection Agency is expected to roll out a major greenhouse gas policy for power plants and refineries, according to Politico.com. Even in the face of mounting opposition on Capitol Hill, the Obama administration is signaling it won’t back off its push to fight climate change.

The EPA has agreed to a schedule for setting greenhouse gas emission limits, known as “performance standards,” for the nation’s two biggest carbon-emitting industries.

The standards are part of a series of climate rules from the Obama administration that have encountered fierce opposition from industry groups and lawmakers on both sides of the aisle. And while the policies won’t go final for more than a year, the political ramifications are expected immediately.

Under the schedule agreed to by EPA, states and environmental groups, the agency will issue a draft greenhouse gas performance standard for power plants by July 2011 and a final rule by May 2012. The agreement requires EPA to issue a draft limit for refineries by Dec. 2011 and a final rule by Nov. 2012.

They will come as welcome news to environmentalists but EPA can expect its foes on the right to blast the move as another example of regulatory overreach.

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Source: Politico.com