Nearly half of Senate challenges Obama carbon dioxide rules


Nearly half of the U.S. Senate supports a resolution to challenge the Obama administration’s regulation cutting carbon emissions from power plants, the core of the United States’ broader climate change strategy, sponsors of the measure said on Tuesday.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, backed a resolution introduced on Monday night by Republican Senator Shelley Moore Capito and Democratic Senator Heidi Heitkamp disapproving of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan. Backers of the resolution said 49 senators in the 100-member chamber support it.

Forty-seven senators backed a separate McConnell-sponsored resolution to challenge a related EPA rule that sets emissions standards for the construction of new coal-fired power plants.