Fossil fuel lobbyists take aim at environmental regs

Oil, gas and coal industry lobbyists want to use the emboldened GOP majority in the House and new control of the Senate to take down the administration’s climate agenda.

At a private meeting hosted by the conservative policy group American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), industry lobbyists met with state legislators to pitch possible measures that would block environmental regulations, the Washington Post reports.

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During the meeting lobbyists and legislators reviewed model bills to be proposed across the country next year that would give states more authority to block or postpone new environmental rules, specifically the administration’s carbon pollution standards on existing power plants.

“There is a palpable anger at the EPA in America,” Nate Bell, a Republican state legislator from rural Arkansas told the Post.

“Mention them, and you will get laughed out of any coffee shop or feed store in my district,” he added.

During the ALEC meeting Bell pushed a measure advocating for the replacement of the agency, according to the Post.

The new GOP majority in the Senate has vowed to attack President Obama’s climate agenda next year, likely tacking on riders to must-pass spending bills.

The administration has indicated any congressional move to block the president’s climate regulations would be vetoed.