Peterson backs measure to rein in EPA

Feb 5, 2010
by DTN

House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson, D-MN, has cosponsored a House bill that would block the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from regulating greenhouse gases through the Clean Air Act.

The bill, as reported in the New York Times, is comparable to the resolution offered by U.S. Sen.

Lisa Murkowski, R-AK, that also has the backing of Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Blanche Lincoln, D-AR. Two other Democrats, Ben Nelson of Nebraska and Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, have joined the Murkowski bill along with more than 30 Republicans.

Peterson co-sponsored the House version with Rep. Ike Skelton, D-MO, and Rep. Jo Ann Emerson, R-MO.

“It appears the clean energy bill moving through Congress is stalled,” Skelton said in the Times. “Let us set that bill aside and pass this scaled-back energy legislation.”

There are talks of dropping a full climate bill and developing a bill with a renewable portfolio standard and provisions that also could boost nuclear energy as well.

With House and Senate Ag Committee leadership co-sponsoring such provisions, it reflects that efforts to block EPA from moving ahead with its regulatory climate controls would likely have backing from more farm-state Democrats in both chambers. — DTN