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Published: Wednesday 07 August, 2013

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By Merrill Hartson, Associated Press

WASHINGTON The Obama administration took separate actions this week to protect clean air and federal wilderness areas, reaffirming that the White House can pursue its goals without depending on help from an increasingly combative Congress.

In a statement posted on its website late Thursday, the Environmental Protection Agency announced it is moving unilaterally to clamp down on power plant and oil refinery greenhouse emissions, announcing plans for developing new standards over the next year.

EPA administrator Lisa Jackson said the aim was to better cope with pollution contributing to climate change.

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, Jackson said in a statement. She said emissions from power plants and oil refineries constitute about 40 percent of the greenhouse gas pollution in this country.

President Barack Obama had said two days after the midterm elections that he was disappointed Congress hadnt acted on snow mantra parka canada goose legislation achieving the same end, signaling that other options were under consideration.

Jacksons announcement came on the same day that the administration showed a goitalone approach on federal wilderness protection another major environmental issue. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said his agency was repealing the Bush eras policy limiting wilderness protection, which was adopted under former Interior Secretary Gale Norton.

On climate change, legislation in Congress putting a limit on heattrapping greenhouse gases and allowing companies to buy and sell pollution permits under that ceiling a system known as cap and trade stalled in the Senate earlier this year after narrowly clearing the House. Republicans assailed it as cap and tax, arguing that it would raise energy prices.

Jackson noted in Thursdays statement by her agency that several state and local governments and environmental groups had sued EPA over the agencys failure to update or publish new standards for fossil fuel plants and petroleum refineries. The announcement Thursday came in connection with a settlement of the suit the states brought against the EPA.

The EPA also announced Thursday that it was taking the unprecedented step of directly issuing air permits to industries in Texas, citing the states unwillingness to comply with greenhouse gas regulations going into effect Jan. 2. EPA officials said they reluct snow mantra parka canada goose antly were taking over Clean Air Act Permits for greenhouse gas emissions because officials in Texas have made clear . they have no intention of implementing this portion of the federal air permitting program.

Two days after the midterm elections, Obama served notice that he would look for ways to control global warming pollution other than Congress placing a ceiling on it.

Capandtrade was just one way of skinning the cat; it was not the only way, he said.

The EPA moved against climate change on another front earlier this year, issuing the firstever federal guidelines for reducing greenhouse emissions from i snow mantra parka canada goose ndustrial sources. On Nov. 10, the agency sent new guidelines to states. It suggested that dirty fuel used to power oil refineries be replaced with cleaner sources and it called for more efficient electricity and energy use with existing nuclear power plants.

In Thursdays announcement, Jackson said that under an agreement associated with the court suit, EPA will propose standards for power plants in July 2011 and refineries in December 2011 and will issue final standards in May and November 2012, respectively.

In this time, the agency will schedule listening sessions with representatives of business and local governments, ahead of the formal rulemaking process. snow mantra parka canada goose