Obama EPA delaying more pollution curbs

09-15-2011 // Timothy Gardner and Peter Henderson - Reuters

This excerpt is from Reuters

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will delay yet again plans to curb greenhouse gas emissions, its second delay of a major anti-pollution initiative in as many weeks.

The head of the EPA said the agency needs more time beyond the Sept. 30 deadline to forge a plan to limit emissions of carbon dioxide from power plants.

"Greenhouse gases for power plants is first on the docket," EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson said on the sidelines of an event in San Francisco late on Wednesday. "Although we are not going to make the date at the end of the month, we are still working and will be shortly announcing a new schedule."

President Barack Obama is under intense pressure from business and Republicans to cut environmental regulation that critics say has been hurting the economy.

Last week the administration backtracked on plans to crack down on smog pollution, sparking outrage among green groups and supporters who said the president was reneging on some of his high-profile campaign promises.

"Delaying action puts our nation unacceptably at risk from the ravages of air pollution and climate change," Joe Mendelson, policy director for the National Wildlife Federation said Thursday.

"With record summer heat, fires raging in Texas and unprecedented floods in the Northeast, the costly impacts of global warming have never been clearer."

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