by Jack McEvoy
The Daily Signal
The new spending bill that drew backing from Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., contains funding provisions that could allow the Environmental Protection Agency to work around the Supreme Court’s recent ruling reducing the agency’s ability to regulate emissions from coal plants.
The economic package would make $45 million available to the EPA to regulate greenhouse gases that come from major emitting facilities and stationary sources as part of the Clean Air Act. Such provisions could allow the EPA to circumvent the high court’s decision in West Virginia v. EPA allowing the federal agency to regulate carbon dioxide emissions from coal plants.
“Manchin got suckered,” Steve Milloy, founder of JunkScience.com and a member of former President Donald Trump’s EPA transition team, told the Daily Caller News Foundation.
“This is not helping West Virginia, none of it is,” Milloy said in reference to the bill’s provisions.
“This bill provides money to the EPA to regulate greenhouse gases and the authorization is implied,” he said. “The allowing of back-door regulation is very worrisome.”