Climate rule challenge dead – at least temporarily

West Virginia Sen. John Rockefeller threatened yesterday to force a vote on EPA greenhouse gas regulations, but for now, it’s an empty gesture.

Rockefeller had pledged to add an amendment to the omnibus spending bill in the Senate, delaying enforcement of the regulations for two years.

However, just this morning, Senate majority leader Harry Reid pulled the spending bill, saying he didn’t have enough votes to overcome a Republican filibuster of the $1.2 trillion package.

However, as Politico reports, efforts to weaken EPA authority over greenhouse gases are likely to persist in the next Congress.

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