WASHINGTON, Sept. 15 (UPI) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is set to propose new rules to cut greenhouse emissions from cars, an Obama administration official says.
EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson also indicated the agency is studying ways to reduce emissions from such industrial polluters as factories and power plants, USA Today reported Tuesday.
Speaking to the newspaper’s editorial board, Jackson said, “We will continue to move stepwise down the path toward regulation of greenhouse gases” once the EPA adopts a preliminary finding that they endanger public health.
The newspaper reported that while President Barack Obama said in May he aims to raise passenger car and light-truck fuel-efficiency standards by roughly 40 percent, there has been no indication from the White House on how industrial polluters would be addressed. Jackson reportedly said she would prefer that Congress passed new “cap-and-trade” climate legislation, which has stalled in the Senate, but also indicated she is willing to use existing laws to cut greenhouse gases.
William Kovacs of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce told USA Today that using current laws to cut emissions would be “a job killer and a project killer right at the outset.”
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