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UnNightly News: Boxer Promises to Fight GOP’s Attempt to Rollback New Climate Regs

January 10, 2011

The Hill reported January 6, 2011:

Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) said Thursday that she will “use every single tool available” to thwart efforts by House Republicans to block the Environmental Protection Agency’s climate regulations.

“Those who want to undermine these laws will bring harm to the American people,” Boxer, who chairs the Senate Environment and Public Works committee, told reporters Thursday.

Boxer targeted her remarks toward Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.), the new chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, who plans to target the EPA’s climate authority this year. Senators, including Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.), also plan to work to delay or block the agency’s climate rules.

Boxer said she plans to highlight the health effects of increased greenhouse gas emissions in an effort to turn public opinion against Republican efforts to block EPA’s greenhouse gas regulations.

“I will take that straight to the American people and do everything to stop them,” she said. Boxer also argued that a move to a low-carbon economy would result in new jobs in the clean-energy sector, a counter to arguments by Republicans that climate regulations will kill jobs.

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