Environmentalists push back against Rockefeller

Environment America Federal Global Warming Program Director Emily Figdor said the bill would “postpone the creation of clean energy jobs and long-overdue action to hold America’s biggest polluters accountable.”

And Frank O’Donnell of Clean Air Watch said the bill could also have the unintended consequence of stopping federal and state regulators from limiting methane pollution to reduce smog.

Sen. Kit Bond, a Missouri Republican, opposes the effort for a different reason: it doesn’t go far enough.

“This legislation is just a band-aid on a broken bone,” he said in a statement.