WASHINGTON (AP) – The Republican-controlled House has moved to block the president’s plan to limit carbon pollution from new power plants.
It’s an election-year strike at the White House. The House approved a bill Thursday targeting the power plant rule, as Republicans fight back against what they call the Obama administration’s “war on coal.”
President Barack Obama’s proposal is a key part of his plan to fight climate change. It would set the first national limits on heat-trapping pollution from future power plants.
The House bill was approved 229-183. It would require the Environmental Protection Agency to set carbon emissions standards based on technology in use for at least a year.
Republicans and some coal-state Democrats say the EPA rule is based on carbon-capturing technology that does not currently exist.
The White House has threatened a veto.
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