12/24/2010 - The Environmental Protection Agency announced Thursday that it will regulate greenhouse gas emissions from power plants and oil refineries next year in an attempt to curb global warming.
The move, coming on the same day the Interior Department unveiled a plan to protect a broader swath of the nation's wilderness, demonstrated that the Obama administration is prepared to push its environmental agenda through regulation where it has failed on Capitol Hill, potentially setting up a battle next year with congressional Republicans.
And while Hastings has voiced concerns over the new wild lands policy, the Pew Environment Group's Mike Matz said it would actually help Congress decide which areas deserve long-standing protections.
"It is in everyone's interest for members of Congress to have better information based on sounder science and analysis, including inventorying the full value of these lands," Matz said.
Read the full article EPA Vows to Enforce Curbs on Emissions on The Washington Post's Web site.