Bond Tries (and Fails) Yet Another EPA Block


Democrats batted down yet another attempt to block the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating planet-warming gasses on Monday. Sen. Kit Bond (R-Mo.) tried to offer legislation that Democrat Jay Rockefeller (W.Va.) drafted earlier this year that would bar climate regulations for two years.

Bond attempted to get the measure approved under unanimous consent, but Democrats rejected it. After the attempt, Bond issued the obligatory angry statement about how Democrats blocked his valient attempt to stop “job-killing carbon regulations.” “If the Democrats are serious about protecting jobs they would have sided with the American people, rather than EPA bureaucrats,” said Bond. “It’s disappointing that Democrats again blocked bipartisan action to protect the American people from the backdoor national energy tax coming in the form of new job-killing carbon regulations from EPA.”

Meanwhile, Rockefeller still plans to introduce his own measure this year, likely after the mid-term election. At that point it may be more of a threat, as at least six or seven Democrats will likely back it, along with the entire Republican caucus.

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  • Kate Sheppard was a staff reporter in Mother Jones' Washington bureau from 2009 to 2013. She is now a senior reporter and the energy and environment editor at The Huffington Post. She can be reached by email at kate (dot) sheppard (at) huffingtonpost (dot) com and you can follow her on Twitter @kate_sheppard.