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H.R. 1705: Energy Sovereignty Act

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Should the U.S. eighty-six Section 115?


What’s the best way to reduce U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, the primary contributor to the global climate crisis? The Clean Air Act contains a potentially-powerful tool called Section 115, which has existed for decades but only actually been invoked by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) once in American history. But some say it should be invoked again now.

Here’s how it works. Usually, when the EPA chooses to regulate air pollution or greenhouse gas emissions, they use a different section of the Clean Air Act: Section 111. That allows them to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from individual industries or sectors, one at a time. But that proves logistically difficult, complex, and expensive — plus there are some sectors the provision can’t reach, …

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Scott Perry

Sponsor. Representative for Pennsylvania's 10th congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Mar 9, 2021
Length: 2 pages
Mar 9, 2021
117th Congress (2021–2023)

Introduced on Mar 9, 2021

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5 Cosponsors (5 Republicans)

3% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)


Mar 9, 2021

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