Politico – 2 days ago The Republican-controlled House is calling on the Environmental Protection Agency to keep global warming on the agenda, as Democrats and environmentalists seek to hold up a crucial federal climate change rule.
House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., introduced a bill Monday to require the EPA to keep its greenhouse gas pollution standards on the table during its review of the Clean Power Plan, which aims to curb greenhouse gas emissions from power plants.
The EPA’s proposed rule aims to limit carbon dioxide emissions from the power sector by capping greenhouse gas levels at pre-industrial levels by 2030.
The goal is to reduce overall greenhouse gas output by 32% below 1990 levels by 2025.
Ryan’s proposal calls for the EPA and other agencies to consider whether to include climate change as part of their review.
It also asks the agency to consider the impacts of the rule on existing policies and processes.
Ryan said the goal of the bill is to prevent the Clean Air Act from being used to stall the rule’s progress.
Ryan said that is why he and his fellow Republicans have been working on this legislation for months, and that he will support any legislation that will move the rule forward.
In a statement, Van Hollens’ office said he was pleased the House passed the bill, which will now move on to the Senate, where it will face a tougher path to passage in the GOP-controlled chamber.
The House legislation would require the agency “to include climate-related topics and analysis” in the review, the statement said.
It is the first time a major policy has come under scrutiny from lawmakers in a major way since the rule was finalized.
The EPA and the White House have repeatedly argued that the rule is necessary to help reduce the nation’s carbon emissions, and the rule could spur investment in green energy.
The rule was issued by President Donald Trump, and was a critical piece of a legislative package he signed in May.
Democrats are also fighting the rule.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D, California, said she is “troubled” by the fact that the House has passed a bill that would allow the EPA, not the White Senate, to review the rule, calling it a “bully” bill that will “lead to more regulatory bullying.”
“What we’re really trying to do is make sure that the White Houses office is able to make decisions on the climate and that they’re able to put the public back in charge of these decisions,” Pelosi said.