By Emily Holden
September 10, 2014 at 8:39 am ET
SNL’s Eric Wolff reports that states for and against the EPA’s carbon emissions proposal agree that they should get more credit for early action.
Against a backdrop of two new reports showing a record amount of atmospheric carbon dioxide and the impact of global warming on the natural world, a House panel heard testimony from state officials on the challenges of meeting the carbon dioxide reduction goals proposed by the EPA.
During the hearing, Republican legislators and officials from Texas, Arizona, Montana and Indiana decried the proposed carbon dioxide rule as impractical and ineffective, while Democrats and officials from Maryland and Washington defended the rule as reasonable and necessary. But both sides came together in their belief that the EPA should find a way to give states extra points for having gotten started before the federal government ordered them to do so.
Emily Holden previously worked at Morning Consult as a reporter covering energy and climate change.