GOP govs to Congress: Block EPA climate rules

Sen. Jay RockefellerJay RockefellerOvernight Tech: Trump nominates Dem to FCC | Facebook pulls suspected baseball gunman's pages | Uber board member resigns after sexist comment Trump nominates former FCC Dem for another term Obama to preserve torture report in presidential papers MORE (D-W.Va.) and several House members floated a plan last week to temporarily block -- for two years -- EPA regulation of emissions from stationary industrial sources like power plants and factories.

A rival plan spearheaded by Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa MurkowskiLawmakers look forward after ObamaCare repeal failure Trump blasts lawmakers for voting down 'skinny' ObamaCare repeal Senate defeats ObamaCare repeal measure MORE (R-Alaska) would go further by completely nullifying EPA’s authority to regulate greenhouse gases under its current Clean Air Act powers.

The governors’ letter doesn’t mention either plan specifically, but appears to reject the Rockefeller approach. The governors write that “a simple delay of EPA action will do nothing to provide relief to Americans looking for jobs or businesses looking to make new investments in our states.”

Obama administration officials say they would prefer addressing emissions through broad energy and climate legislation, but that EPA will move forward in the absence of congressional action.

Advocates of emissions limits also dispute claims that regulation will cause the various harms that the governors and other critics claim. EPA plans to begin phasing in emissions rules for industrial sources next year but has pledged a go-slow approach.