The House of Representatives passed a bill Tuesday that would make it harder for the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate greenhouse gas emissions, while the Senate is expected to take up similar legislation that the House passed Tuesday.
The House bill would make the Environmental Enforcement Agency (EPA) the sole agency for regulating greenhouse gases, a move that would be a reversal of the 2016 presidential election that saw President Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the EPA, Scott Pruitt, push for more regulation.
Democrats, led by Rep. Bill Pascrell, also pushed for an EPA rule on emissions from power plants, arguing that it would help curb the effects of climate change.
The EPA rules have not yet been finalized and are in the process of being reviewed by the Trump administration.
Pascaille, who is a Republican, called the new EPA rules a “huge threat” to the nation’s economy.
The EPA has said it plans to rule on the regulations this summer.
The bill is a direct response to a proposal from the Trump EPA that would have made the EPA rule even tougher.
Pascailel says the House bill makes the EPA rules even more of a threat to American jobs and workers, and said that Republicans should not support the EPA in its new role.
“They should be looking at how to protect our environment,” Pascell said.
Pascell, who has advocated for climate change regulation in the past, said he supports the Clean Power Plan, which he said would create an effective climate change enforcement tool. “
What’s more important is to protect Americans and our economy.”
Pascell, who has advocated for climate change regulation in the past, said he supports the Clean Power Plan, which he said would create an effective climate change enforcement tool.
Pescell says the Trump climate plan would also allow states to use the EPA’s new authority to set their own emission limits.
Pascoll said he was disappointed that the Senate would not pass a climate bill that could help the nation avert climate change, but that there was more work to be done.
He said it is important that we get these bills passed, but we also need to do it quickly.
Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.), who introduced the legislation, said the House version of the bill is not as aggressive as the Senate bill, but it will help protect the American economy.