Chamber, Business Groups Urge Senate to Delay EPA’s Carbon Rules

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is among 21 business groups urging senators to stop the Environmental Protection Agency’s regulation of greenhouse gases when they return to Washington after the Nov. 2 election.

The groups want lawmakers to add language in a government spending measure next month that would prevent the rules from taking effect early next year. Congress in September passed a bill to keep government operating after failing to adopt a budget. The measure kept most government programs operating until Dec. 3.

The EPA is set to begin regulating greenhouse gases from power plants and stationary polluters starting Jan. 2. The rules, along with limits on vehicles, will mark the first U.S. rules to cut carbon-dioxide pollution, a main heat-trapping gas blamed for climate change. Opponents say the measure will hurt businesses already dealing with a sluggish economy.

“There is an urgent need to delay EPA’s implementation of the stationary source rules,” the Chamber, the largest U.S. lobbying group for businesses, and other organizations said today in letters to senators including Republican Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and Byron Dorgan, a North Dakota Democrat.

EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson has said that the carbon regulations will be modest steps that will result in a reduction of greenhouse gases over time. She said in August that President Barack Obama would veto any attempt to strip the EPA’s authority to regulate carbon emissions.

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