WASHINGTON: US House Republicans voted Tuesday to block President Barack Obama’s regulations on reducing greenhouse gas emissions — a move certain to spark his veto — as negotiators work on a global climate deal in Paris. The two measures, rolling back the Environmental Protection Agency’s new emission rules for power plants, passed the chamber largely along party lines. The so-called disapproval resolutions, which already passed the Republican-controlled Senate, dealt a largely symbolic yet blunt rebuke to Obama, who attended the start of a major UN climate summit in the French capital. The White House has said Obama would veto the resolutions and Congress does not appear to have sufficient votes to override the veto. Many conservatives in Congress deny that climate change is a result of human industry and agriculture, and have opposed emissions controls designed to slow global warming. The far-reaching regulations form a core of Obama’s efforts to reduce overall US greenhouse gas emissions. Republicans seemed almost gleeful at the prospect of blocking Obama’s emissions rules just as international negotiators sought to tame global warming. “We want the House to adopt this resolution while the climate change conference is going on in France so that the world will know… Read full this story
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