Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, has filed an amendment to a bill covering the Environmental Protection Agency's budget in an effort to prevent the agency from limiting carbon emissions from oil refineries and other industrial sources during the next fiscal year. EPA's plan is being used to "hammer" Congress into approving a federal "cap-and-trade" system, Murkowski said. The U.S. Supreme Court told the agency in 2007 that it has the authority to regulate greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act and does not need to wait for Congress to act.

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