Mary Landrieu Hates Obama’s Global-Warming Rule

Lousiana US Senator Mary Landrieu waves off reporters as she walks down a hall in the US Senate to participate in a Democrat Caucus on the progress on the impending fiscal cliff at Capitol Hill in Washington late on December 31, 2012. Coming together in the early hours of 2013, the US Senate overwhelmingly passed a last-gasp bill on January 1, 2013 to avert huge tax increases and draconian spending cuts making up the so-called 'fiscal cliff.' 
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Clare Foran
June 2, 2014, 11:09 a.m.

Mary Landrieu is not a fan of Pres­id­ent Obama’s glob­al-warm­ing rule — and she wants Louisi­ana voters to know it.

“While it is im­port­ant to re­duce car­bon in the at­mo­sphere, this should not be achieved by EPA reg­u­la­tions,” the Demo­crat­ic sen­at­or said in a state­ment Monday.

“The sen­at­or has time and time again op­posed the EPA act­ing alone to re­duce car­bon emis­sions,” said the re­lease from the Landrieu-chaired Sen­ate Com­mit­tee on En­ergy and Nat­ur­al Re­sources.

The re­lease also touted Landrieu’s op­pos­i­tion to cap-and-trade le­gis­la­tion, the key part of an Obama-backed cli­mate bill that stalled in the Sen­ate in 2010.

Landrieu’s op­pos­i­tion to the En­vir­on­ment­al Pro­tec­tion Agency’s cli­mate rules is not new. The sen­at­or has close ties to the oil in­dustry — a polit­ic­al and eco­nom­ic force in Louisi­ana — and has pushed for more in­dustry-friendly cli­mate policies. She has also voted for le­gis­la­tion to block EPA’s au­thor­ity over green­house gases.

Landrieu is also fa­cing a tough reelec­tion chal­lenge in the fall, hop­ing to hold her seat as a Demo­crat in a state that went solidly Re­pub­lic­an in the last pres­id­en­tial elec­tion: GOP can­did­ate Mitt Rom­ney took 58 per­cent of the vote to Obama’s 41 per­cent.

The sen­at­or is be­ing chal­lenged by Re­pub­lic­an Rep. Bill Cas­sidy, who tried to tie Landrieu to Obama’s agenda on Monday

“Un­der Sen­at­or Landrieu’s watch, EPA reg­u­la­tions have pro­lif­er­ated, the Key­stone pipeline has died and drilling on fed­er­al lands has ac­tu­ally de­creased,” John Cum­mings, a spokes­man for Cas­sidy said in a state­ment. 

The pro­posed cli­mate rule, re­leased Monday, aims to cut power plants’ car­bon emis­sions by 30 per­cent from their 2005 levels by 2030. They’re a cent­ral fea­ture of Obama’s ef­forts to ad­dress cli­mate change, but they are also set to be­come the sub­ject of a massive lob­by­ing war between in­dustry and en­vir­on­ment­al groups as the ad­min­is­tra­tion de­lib­er­ates over the fi­nal rule — a pro­cess that could take up much of the rest of the pres­id­ent’s ten­ure in of­fice.

Up­dated with a new state­ment from Rep. Bill Cas­sidy


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