EPA Delays Imposing CO2 Requirements in Response to Senators' Demands
Despite the concerns raised by the Obama administration about the effect of CO2 on global warming, on Monday the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced their decision to delay some limitations they were planning for coal fired plants and heavy industry smokestacks for at least a year. According to a report on Reuters UK, spokesperson Lisa Jackson's statement included quotes from a letter by Senator Jay Rockefeller (Democrat) of coal-rich West Virginia, who expressed concerns about the economic repercussions caused by carbon emission and reduction regulations. Senator Rockefeller plans to introduce legislation allowing Congress to impose a temporary pause on EPA regulations for two to three years. Other objections came from Senator Lisa Murkowski (Republican) of Alaska, who unlike Rockefeller has stated that she wants to permanently bar the EPA from regulating greenhouse gas emission standards. Senator Murkowski plans to introduce legislation to this effect in March of 2010.