Barrasso Bill to Block EPA Climate Regulations Introduced

Senator John Barrasso (R-WY) “plans to introduce legislation Monday to preempt the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) plan to regulate carbon emissions,” the Daily Caller reports.

It is the latest move by congressional Republicans who view the agency’s rules as a backdoor attempt to implement a cap and trade system.

“Barrasso’s bill stops this backdoor attempt to enact Obama’s cap-and-trade agenda through EPA and the rest of the federal bureaucracy,” said Barrasso spokesperson Emily Lawrimore. “The Barrasso bill restates and reaffirms the will of Congress as the sole authority over federal climate change policy.”

The bill, however, will go beyond just blocking the EPA. It will stop all federal agencies from implementing new energy taxes that could have a negative effect on employment and energy costs.

Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK) also “worked on crafting the legislation with Barrasso.” He is Ranking Member on the Environment and Public Works Committee.

Update (1/31): According to an official release announcing the bill’s introduction today, it also “precludes legal action against sources of greenhouse gasses solely based on their possible contribution to climate change.”

Two exceptions:

  1. Regulations for mobile sources such as cars and trucks will continue, but those regulations will now be managed by the Department of Transportation, not EPA.
  2. Any greenhouse gas that is a direct threat to human health because of direct exposure to that gas could still be regulated, just not solely based on climate change.  This provision would ensure that polluters of health threatening gasses would still be held accountable under the law.

It does not “preempt states from enacting greenhouse gas or climate change mandates.” Text of the Defending America’s Affordable Energy and Jobs Act can be found here.

Current co-sponsors of this bill include the following members:

  • Roy Blunt (R-MO)
  • Mike Enzi (R-WY)
  • Jim Inhofe (R-OK)
  • Jerry Moran (R-KS)
  • Pat Roberts (R-KS)
  • John Thune (R-SD)
  • David Vitter (R-LA)

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