Rockefeller Ready to ‘Set Aside’ Climate Legislation

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Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) “on Thursday said the Senate should abandon efforts – at least for now – to pass a sweeping climate change bill and also urged adoption of his plan that would block some EPA greenhouse gas regulations for two years,” The Hill reports.

“The Senate should be focusing on the immediate issues before us – to suspend EPA action on greenhouse gas emissions, push clean coal technologies, and tackle the Gulf oil spill,” he said in a prepared statement Thursday afternoon.

“We need to set aside controversial and more far-reaching climate proposals and work right now on energy legislation that protects our economy, protects West Virginia and improves our environment,” added Rockefeller, an ally of the his home state’s coal industry.

Rockefeller’s office circulated the comment Thursday afternoon, following a meeting of the Senate Democratic caucus on energy legislation.

Senator Rockefeller chairs the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee.

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