CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Wyoming Republican Sens. John Barrasso and Mike Enzi voted for a proposal to ban the Environmental Protection Agency from controlling the gases blamed for global warming.
However, the GOP supported effort failed on a 50-50 vote in the U.S. Senate on Wednesday.
The proposal would have repealed a 2009 finding by federal scientists that climate change caused by greenhouse gases endangers human health and prevented the agency from using existing law to regulate them.
Barrasso says the EPA is trying to implement a back door cap and trade policy that will cost jobs.
Enzi says unelected bureaucrats at the EPA should not single handedly change the intent of the Clean Energy Act to fit what he calls their agenda to shut down fossil fuels at any cost.