Senator Jay Rockefeller, a West Virginia Democrat, introduced legislation that suspends for two years U.S. carbon-dioxide regulations for power plants and other industrial polluters.
The bill is aimed at stopping the Environmental Protection Agency rules that took effect on Jan. 2, Rockefeller said today in an e-mailed statement. Co-sponsors of the EPA Stationary Source Regulations Delay Act include Democratic Senators Jim Webb of Virginia and Claire McCaskill of Missouri.
Rockefeller has led an effort among Senate Democrats to suspend EPA rules that he said will burden businesses and hurt the economy. The Democrat has said the two-year delay is needed to give Congress time to craft a new energy bill. President Barack Obama will veto any attempt to block rules to regulate carbon, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson has said.
“Many of us agree that Congress, not the EPA, must be the decision-maker on such a challenging issue,” Rockefeller said in the statement.
The EPA regulations apply mainly to power plants and oil refineries. The EPA plans to phase in other industrial polluters through 2016. The agency issued the rules after Congress failed to pass legislation last year capping greenhouse-gas emissions blamed for climate change.
An EPA spokesman didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.