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Some Chemical Industry Groups Back Congressional Smackdown of Obama Climate Plan

Credit: Martin Falbisoner/Wikipedia

Credit: Martin Falbisoner/Wikipedia

Updated at 6 p.m. Dec. 1.

While negotiators in Paris are busy finalizing a new climate change agreement, politicians in Washington are showing the world, in a largely symbolic effort, they are firmly against that global deal.

On Dec. 1, the U.S. Congress voted to nullify President Barack Obama’s hallmark climate change policy. The U.S. House of Representatives  passed legislation that would scuttle two Clean Air Act regulations that will require existing power plants and any built in the future to control their carbon dioxide emissions.

Backers of the legislation include a number of chemical-related industry groups, according to the House Energy & Commerce Committee, such as SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association, The Vinyl Institute, American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers, and the Styrene Information & Research Center.

The Senate passed the legislation (S.J. Res 23 and S.J. Res 24) in November. With the House vote, the two resolutions will land on Obama’s desk. The President has vowed to veto them. To override a veto, both the Senate and the House must vote in favor of the resolutions with a two-thirds majority — but the Senate’s 52-46 vote fell well short of that.

— Cheryl Hogue is covering climate change happenings this week from Washington, D.C.

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