Sherrod Brown Considers Bill to Delay EPA Regulation of Greenhouse Emissions

Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) “is mulling legislation that would block the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from regulating greenhouse gas emissions for one year,” The Hill reports.

The proposal may be more palatable for some on-the-fence lawmakers than the two-year delay proposed by Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.).

But Brown has not yet drafted any legislation and is still reviewing his options, a spokeswoman says. “He is reviewing multiple variations of the Rockefeller bill, such as a one-year delay,” Brown spokeswoman Meghan Dubyak told The Hill. “Most importantly, he wants to address this issue soon to provide certainty to the industries in his state that are planning expansions as the economy recovers.”

In the Capitol “on Thursday, Rockefeller told reporters that he does not believe a one-year delay is adequate.”

He said two years is needed to make enough progress on carbon capture and storage technologies. The technology is considered far away from any widespread commercial adoption, but Rockefeller said even waiting two years before regulating would help.

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