States Ask EPA to Go Slow on Climate Rules

WASHINGTON, Jan. 11 (UPI) — Some U.S. states say they want the Obama administration to go slow in implementing proposed federal rules cutting industrial greenhouse gas emissions.

Officials from Kansas, Pennsylvania, Florida and California, while saying they support the goals of the efforts by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, are calling on the agency to go slowly, warning they lack the funding necessary to regulate some of the new emissions sources that would be covered, The Wall Street Journal reported Monday.

The California Energy Commission, for instance, in a Dec. 24 letter to the EPA, reportedly said the proposal “will likely retard, rather than facilitate” reductions in greenhouse gas emissions from its electricity sector.

The Obama administration wants Congress to pass legislation that would use a so-called cap-and-trade system to curb greenhouse gas emissions. But, due in part to vociferous opposition from business, the Journal said prospects for such legislation passing the Senate are dim.

The White House is instead asking the EPA to independently set limits for carbon emissions under the Clean Air Act that would require polluters to obtain permits from state or local regulators demonstrating they are using the best practices and technologies to minimize the emissions, the newspaper reported.

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