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Murkowski Measure To Block EPA From Regulating Greenhouse Gases FAILS
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Senate has rejected a bid to stop the Obama administration from imposing regulations on greenhouse gases, giving a boost to President Barack Obama as he pursues broader clean energy legislation.

Senators turned back a resolution that would have rescinded the authority of the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act.

Supporters of the measure, mostly Republicans, argued that the EPA had usurped the authority of Congress to set climate policy and that the EPA regulations would increase energy costs and kill jobs.

But the White House, which threatened to veto the measure, said depriving the EPA of its ability to regulate carbon and other greenhouse emissions would result in greater dependence on oil and more pollution.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - In an important test on global warming, the Senate neared a vote Thursday on whether to stop the Obama administration from cracking down on greenhouse gases from power plants and other polluters.

The outcome could signal how Congress will deal with broader White House clean energy legislation to come. ... 08156.html