As Obama Attends UN Talks, Congress Undoes His Global Warming Agenda
As President Barack Obama meets with world leaders at Paris’ United Nations summit, House lawmakers passed legislation to undo a key part of the president’s global warming agenda Tuesday.
House lawmakers passed resolutions to repeal the Environmental Protection Agency’s so-called Clean Power Plan. House passage of the anti-EPA resolutions comes just two weeks after the Senate passed the Congressional Review Act resolutions to repeal federal rules on power plants.
“The EPA’s regulations on power plants are well beyond the authority Congress delegated to the agency,” Alabama Republican Rep. Gary Palmer said in a statement of the votes.
Republicans and some Democrats have vehemently opposed the Clean Power Plan’s sweeping mandate that power plants cut carbon dioxide emissions over the next 15 years. The EPA aims to cut 32 percent from the power sector as part of Obama’s pledge to the United Nations that the U.S. would reduce emissions 26 to 28 percent by 2030.
Obama hopes the Clean Power Plan and other regulations will show the world the U.S. is serious about tackling global warming, thus galvanizing support for an international treaty to cut CO2 emissions.
But both chambers of Congress have now passed CRA resolutions to undo the very rules Obama argues bolster America’s credibility on global warming. Obama is likely to veto the bills, but Republicans argue such legislative actions should show the world these regulations may not stay in place very long.