The Senate has defeated a bill that would limit federal regulation of greenhouse gases (GHGs), siding with those who say regulators must have sufficient tools to fight climate change, the Boston Globe reports.
The GOP-backed resolution would have stripped from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) the authority to implement carbon dioxide emissions rules developed under the federal Clean Air Act. The measure was rejected 53 to 47.
The GOP legislation would have undermined the climate change bill, which is sponsored by Sens. John Kerry, D-Mass., and Joseph Lieberman, I-Conn. The bill would prohibit the EPA from developing its own rules and would put a price on carbon emissions.
In 2009, the EPA announced that GHG emissions threaten the public health and welfare of Americans.
SOURCE: The Boston Globe