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GOP Fighting Obama on Attempts to Push Through Climate Regulations

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By    |   Monday, 28 Nov 2016 12:01 PM

Republican lawmakers are aiming to prevent President Barack Obama's attempts to push through environmental and energy regulations before the end of his presidency, according to the Washington Examiner.

The GOP's Midnight Rules Relief Act of 2016 bill allows the GOP to "force more accountability" on Obama, according to Rep. Rob Bishop, the chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee.

The Utah Republican slammed Obama's actions saying, "Given the arrogance this president and the administration under his direction continues to exhibit in his last days — with more and more ruthless regulations smothering the American people — this bill is the least we should do to force more accountability on his imperial actions."

California Rep. Kevin McCarthy, the House Majority Leader, sent a letter to all government agencies threatening to use the act against them if they do not stop passing late-term regulations.

The GOP believes the president's Clean Power Plan is illegal and must be repealed, according to the Examiner. The plan was developed by the Environmental Protection Agency and calls for states to cut greenhouse emissions by one-third by 2030.

Kathleen Hartnett-White, a member of President-elect Donald Trump's transition team, told the Examiner that climate issues belong to the Department of Energy, not the Environmental Protection Agency. She said that climate concerns "are really a discussion about energy, not really a discussion about environmental protection."

Brent Gardner, government affairs chief for Americans for Prosperity, a free-market lobbying group, told the Examiner that Obama's regulations led to job losses and he used climate issues "as a way to negatively impact the business structure in this country."

The Examiner reported that supporters of the Keystone XL pipeline are also looking at reviving that deal, which Obama rejected in November 2015.

Advocates for clean energy such as solar and wind predict cuts in favor of restoring focus on oil, gas, coal, and nuclear power, according to the Examiner. The Global American Business Institute released an analysis that said, "Support for energy efficiency and renewable energy, although it will not be eliminated, will likely diminish going forward, representing a shift from policy under the Obama administration."

"U.S. energy policy may completely flip," the institute's analysis stated.

Politico reported that up to 98 regulations under review by Obama could be implemented before Trump takes office.

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Republican lawmakers are aiming to prevent President Barack Obama's attempts to push through environmental and energy regulations before the end of his presidency, according to the Washington Examiner.
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