This just in – the resolution sponsored by Sen Murkowski (R-Alaska) to reject the EPA finding that greenhouse gases are pollutants and therefore fall under the eye of the Clean Air Act, a resolution that would have forever curbed the EPA’s ability to regulate greenhouse gas emissions under the CAA, was defeated today 53 votes to 47. Senator Kay Hagan voted against the resolution, Sen Burr was in the affirmative.
The issue is far from dead. House members are threatening their own initiatives to curb EPA authority and Sen Rockefeller (D-West Virginia) will very likely introduce a new Senate resolution for a two-year ban on EPA action on greenhouse gases.
It would appear that the EPA authority issue won’t be resolved unless an energy bill that addresses the issue of carbon and other greenhouse gas emissions comes to the Senate floor. Today’s vote suggests that the likelihood of such a Senate bill coming to a vote is somewhat more likely. The House passed a cap and trade bill last year.