December 10, 2019

Climate Issues; Biofuels; Ag Economy; Policy Issues; and Financial Regulation

Climate Issues

Reuters writer Richard Cowan reported yesterday that, “The Senate is set to vote next month on permanently stopping the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating pollution linked to global warming from factories, utilities and oil refineries, a spokesman for Senator Lisa Murkowski said on Tuesday.

“The Republican effort, which enjoys the support of at least three Democrats [Blanche Lincoln (Arkansas), Ben Nelson (Nebraska) and Mary Landrieu (Louisiana)], is unlikely to become law. But a strong vote for the measure could further undermine chances for separate legislation to control emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases that President Barack Obama wants.

“The vote on EPA regulation could come just as federal agencies wrap up their economic analysis of climate change legislation by Democratic Senator John Kerry and independent Senator Joseph Lieberman, which already faces an uphill fight.”

The article added that, “Murkowski spokesman Robert Dillon said the senator reached an agreement with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to hold a vote on her measure on June 10.”