Warning that new air pollution regulations will shut down as many as 20 percent of the nation‚??s coal power plants and will prevent any plants from being built in the future, Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) has offered a privileged motion in the Senate to prevent the standards from taking effect.
Inhofe‚??s office told Human Events that this resolution has the support of two Democratic senators, Joe Manchin (W.Va.) and Ben Nelson (Neb.), but not all Republican senators, it seems, are eager about the measure. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) recently joined with Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor (Ark.) to offer a bill that would give businesses a six year period to adjust to Environmental Protection Administration standards rather than striking down the regulations altogether.
‚??Giving business a stay of execution for now and extra time until they eventually have to close shop‚?Ě is how Inhofe‚??s spokesman described this proposal.