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Associated Press, Published January 08 2010

Pomeroy wants to block EPA regs on carbon dioxide

MANDAN, N.D. — North Dakota Rep. Earl Pomeroy is trying to block the federal Environmental Protection Agency from regulating carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases.

Pomeroy says any regulation should be done by Congress. He says the issue is vitally important to North Dakota's energy industry and shouldn't be left to "bureaucrats" in the federal agency.

Pomeroy is a Democrat, but he says he'll need a lot of Republican support to approve the measure. He says the House's Democratic leadership was able to push through a so-called "cap and trade" bill last summer to limit carbon dioxide emissions.

Pomeroy says there's a lot of "buyer's remorse" among some of the bill's supporters, and his proposal will help them disavow their earlier vote.

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