Industry, business groups urge senators to block EPA's greenhouse gas rules

The Senate is returning Nov. 13 for a post-election lame-duck session and will have to pass either a fiscal year 2011 omnibus spending package or another continuing spending resolution before the current one expires Dec. 3. 

“We recognize that the Senate and the House were under a strict timeline to pass a CR before the September 30, 2010 deadline, making it difficult to include amendments and additional provisions,” the groups wrote. “While keeping the government running is critical, lawmakers also need to make sure government funds are used in ways that advance economic recovery and environmental improvement. In that context, there is an urgent need to delay EPA’s implementation of the stationary source rules.”

The senators receiving the letter were Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Appropriations ranking member Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Democrats Sherrod Brown (Ohio), Byron Dorgan (N.D.), Tim Johnson (S.D.), Mary Landrieu (La.), Ben Nelson (Neb.), Mark Pryor (Ark.), Arlen Specter (Pa.) and Jon Tester (Mont.). 

Dorgan, Johnson, Landrieu, Nelson and Pryor have supported other efforts to either prevent or delay EPA's ability to regulate greenhouse gas emissions. Brown and Specter are coal-state senators who industry groups hope could be swayed based upon the effect the EPA climate limits could have on the coal industry.