Lisa Murkowski wants to block EPA action on climate change
So far, the Senate hasn't been able to get its act together long enough to pass legislation doing something about climate change. But if Lisa Murkowski has her way, it will get its act together long enough to do something making sure the EPA can't do anything about climate change:
Sen. Lisa Murkowski on Tuesday left open the possibility that she would seek a vote next week on stopping the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from going forward with regulations to limit greenhouse-gas emissions.
"I do not believe and I don't believe that most of my colleagues in the Senate believe that the EPA is the entity that is the best suited to develop climate-change policy for this country," Murkowski (R-Alaska) told reporters. "I'm trying to get a time-out. I'm trying to allow the legislative process to proceed. I'm hopeful that we'll be able to have a vote that will allow for that discussion."
Democrats, businesses and environmentalists are closely watching the vote, which could come in the form of an amendment to a debt-ceiling measure up for a vote in the Senate next week.
Photo credit: By Alex Wong/Associated Press
January 13, 2010; 11:09 AM ET
Categories: Climate Change
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