Obama vetoes bills to nullify CO2 regulations

Washington, 21 December (Argus) — President Barack Obama has vetoed a pair of congressional resolutions to overturn CO2 emissions regulations for power plants.

The resolutions the president vetoed would have nullified the US Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Clean Power Plan for existing power plants and its CO2 emissions limits for new generating units, the White House said on 19 December.

"The Clean Power Plan is essential in addressing the largest source of greenhouse gas pollution in our country. It is past time to act to mitigate climate impacts on American communities," Obama said in a memorandum dated 18 December that accompanied his veto of SJ Res 24, which would have overturned the existing unit standards.