This just in from the office of Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va.:
Senator Jay Rockefeller this evening filed an amendment that would suspend Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulation of greenhouse gases from stationary sources for two years. The amendment, which mirrors his legislation (S. 231), came up during a separate debate on small business funding. Rockefeller encouraged his colleagues to support his amendment and announced that he will oppose efforts by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to forever block the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from regulating greenhouse gas emissions.
“I won’t support a total dismantling of the EPA, and I am disappointed with Republican efforts to bring up this legislation, which has no chance of ever becoming law. This is more of a political ploy, rather than a genuine effort to come up with a solid energy policy,” said Rockefeller. “We must approach this issue with long and short views for our country and our energy policy. My legislation would safeguard jobs, secure a future for the U.S. coal industry, and protect the entire economy as we move toward clean coal technology. Now is the time to encourage companies to invest in new technologies and create jobs, and we need a system that gives major employers the framework to do so and to succeed. Additionally, many of us agree that Congress, not the EPA, must be the decision-maker on such a challenging issue.”