Sen. John Barasso, R-Wyo., introduces bill to keep EPA from regulating carbon emissions 

The Daily Caller reports on Barrasso's legislation, which aims to stop the EPA from from becoming the de facto regulators of the American economy:

The Defending America’s Affordable Energy and Jobs Act seeks to stop bureaucracies from unilaterally passing economically unsound regulations for the sole purpose of addressing climate change. It has seven co-sponsors, including Republican Sens. Mike Enzi of Wyoming, James Inhofe of Oklahoma and John Thune of South Dakota.

“It’s time for the administration to face the facts: Americans rejected cap and trade because they know it means higher energy prices and lost jobs,” said Barrasso in a statement.  “Washington agencies are now trying a backdoor approach to regulate our climate by abusing existing laws.  Congress must step in and stand up for the American people.”

Barrasso’s bill is the first to be introduced in the Senate this year to fight back against the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) new regulations on carbon dioxide emissions.

While Democrats still have the majority in the Senate, that doesn't mean the bill will necessarily fail. An earlier Senate bill to prevent the EPA from regulating greenhouse gases garnered the support of six Senate Democrats even though it failed. And that was before the GOP gained a significant number of Senate seats in November.

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