Liberal Dem: EPA should flex its powers on climate change

Proponents of efforts to counter the effects of climate change are signaling a shift in their strategy, opting to abandon another run at comprehensive legislation in favor of a renewed push to tackle the issue through federal regulations.

Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Ca.) on Tuesday urged the Environmental Protection Agency to make the most of its power to draft rules that would tamp down on carbon emissions from existing power plants.

“I think Sandy was a turning point in terms of the public’s sense of the extent of damage that climate change can do to this country,” Boxer told reporters Tuesday. “A lot of people don’t recognize that EPA has huge authority here to reduce carbon in the air.”

Boxer, chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, said she had no immediate plans to re-introduce a sweeping “cap-and-trade” bill that fell six votes short of passage in the upper chamber in 2008. Opponents called the bill an energy tax that would further stifle the struggling national economy.

Instead, she said she would focus on smaller bills that might fare better and use her position to oppose efforts in the Republican-controlled House to repeal existing environmental regulations or otherwise undermine the Obama administration’s executive branch powers.

Read more at The Hill. By Ben Goad.


  1. she is anti American but will not get tossed out of office by california voters since she panders in Spanish moy bueno

  2. Erik Osbun says:

    Dear Senator Boxer: The EPA cannot in any way influence climate. It's physically impossible.

  3. STOP the economic nonsense. We have spent hundreds of billions on this research and particularly ill conceived programs to nowhere over the last 40 years. Devastating our economy with another trillion dollars on failed technologies is premature. This money will be needed when there is actually a workable solution emanating from further research. Divert some of the billions now going into boondoggles like corn alcohol and Solyndra type industries into increased research if you can find anyone who is not now doing enough. When research finally yields an economically feasible technology you will need to step back from being trampled with huge corporations rushing to be first on the band wagon. NO MORE expensive factories with no economical market. It is a waste and does not further the move to green energy which we all fervently desire.

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