Senate snubs limits on greenhouse gas regulation

By Matt Viser, The Boston Globe

WASHINGTON — The US Senate defeated a bid yesterday to limit federal regulation of greenhouse gases, instead siding with the White House and environmentalists who said regulators must have sufficient tools to fight climate change.

The GOP-backed resolution would have denied the Environmental Protection Agency the authority to implement carbon dioxide emissions rules crafted under the federal Clean Air Act. By rejecting the measure, 53 to 47, senators buoyed a more comprehensive climate and energy bill championed by Senator John F. Kerry.

Opponents of the resolution, referring frequently to the oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico, said it made no sense to undermine efforts to curtail greenhouse gas emissions and reduce dependence on oil and other fossil fuels.

“Why is it that the United States of America is more dependent today on foreign oil than we were before Sept. 11?’’ Kerry said during a fiery floor speech. “Because we haven’t done anything — nothing — to reduce our dependence on foreign oil. We have an opportunity to do it now. This is about that.’’

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