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Republicans have said all year that they plan to pull out all the stops to keep the EPA from phasing in greenhouse gas GHG regulations beginning in 2011, saying they would damage the energy industry, raise prices, and cost jobs.

Rep. Fred Upton R of Michigan, the incoming chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, has said he opposes the regulations on greenhouse gases and indicated he would lead efforts to revoke EPA regulations in the next Congress. The new regulations, he says, will likely lead to the shut down of coalfired power plants.

To protect jobs and fortify our energy security, we should be working to bring more power online, not shutting plants down, Mr. Upton said in a statement. We are woefully unprepared to meet our nations growing energy demands, yet this administrations none of the above energy policy will do nothing but cost jobs, make energy more expensive, and increase our dependence on foreign sources of energy.

Environmentalists lauded the EPAs move.

By setting timetables for issuing standards to cut dangerous carbon pollution from power plants and oil refineries, EPA is doing precisely what is needed to protect our health and welfare and provide businesses certainty at a time when some would prefer to roll back the clock, David Doniger, policy director in the Natural Resources Defense Councils Climate Center, said in a statement.

Legal background to EPA moveThe EPAs coming standards will be based on available and affordable measures that would enable the two industries responsible for the lions share of US greenhouse gas emissions to begin cleaning up, Mr. Doniger noted. Boosting pollution control standards would help the utility and petroleum industries plan their future investments and create jobs.

The EPAs move was part of a legal settlement between the federal government and a number of states, local governments, and environmental groups that had sued the EPA during the Bush administration over its failure to update pollution standards under the Clean Air Act. In its announcement Thursday, EPA says it will propose standards for power plants in July 2011, for refineries in December 2011, and will issue final standards in May 2012 and November 2012, respectively.

We are following through on our commitment to proceed in a measured and careful way to reduce GHG pollution that threatens the health and welfare of Americans, and contributes to climate change, Administrator Lisa Jackson said. These standards will help American companies attract private investment to the clean energy upgrades th designer clothing online at make our companies more competitive and create good jobs here at home.

Costs but no benefitsBut congressional opponents and business groups representing big business and fossil fuel interests slammed the timetable as anything but reasonable, declar designer clothing online ing it to be damaging to jobs and the economy.

EPAs proposals would carry tremendous costs but no benefits for the American people all pain and no gain, Charles T. Drevna, president of the National Petrochemical Refiners Association, said in a statement. But analysts say the EPAs move presages renewed battle early next year.

The March 4, 2011 expiration of the continuing resolution just passed by Congress to keep the government running makes it likely that proposals to delay EPA could emerge early in 2011 and gather momentum for two months, writes Kevin Book, a senior energy analyst with ClearView Partners, an energy market research firm in an eletter analysis.

A Christmas surpriseThough the EPA announcement had been long expected, Representative Upton called it a Christmas surprise that is nothing short of a backdoor attempt to implement their failed jobkilling capandtrade scheme. He noted also that, We wil designer clothing online l not allow the administration to regulate what they have been unable to legislate.

Despite such opposition, there were a number of small business groups whose spokesmen said they believed the EPA regulations would be good for their businesses. Richard Eidlin, director, business engagement, American Sustainable Business Council, said the standards were needed to send a clear market signal to investors and entrepreneurs that innovation and investment in the clean energy sector is good business.

His group was among 14 small business groups representing about 60,000 small businesses nationwide that called for the EPA to proceed with regulations to limit greenhouse gas pollution. Eidlin said in a statement. designer clothing online