A proposal made Wednesday by U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow would delay federal enforcement of new regulations on greenhouse gases for two years, as reported in the Detroit Free Press. According to the article,
Stabenow, D-Mich., offered it as Senate Republicans were poised to call for a vote on a measure that would stop the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from regulating carbon-based emissions altogether. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2007 that the EPA had to regulate greenhouse gases -- including those from vehicles -- unless science concluded they weren't to blame for climate change.
In the Republican-controlled House, legislation that would strictly limit the EPA's scope has been passed out of committee and is expected to receive final passage soon. Environmentalists oppose the bill.
In the Senate, Republicans want to attach a similar limit to a small-business bill. Stabenow's amendment could give moderate Democrats from industrial states in the Midwest a chance to help industrial plants without stripping EPA of its role.
The Stabenow proposal also gives a tax credit to makers of clean-energy technologies like solar panels, batteries, electric-car manufacturers and wind turbines.