WASHINGTON — The Republican-run US Senate adopted two resolutions Tuesday to shoot down key rules Barack Obama's administration wants to limit greenhouse gas emissions by power plants, but the president will veto the move.
Senators adopted the bills 52 to 46, with most Democrats opposed.
The vote was largely meant to draw attention to the hostility of the Republican majority to Obama's effort to fight climate change. The Republicans have stressed the economic cost of the endeavour, particularly in coal mining states.
In August, Obama presented a "Clean Power Plan," which would reduce emissions in the US power sector by 32 per cent by 2030.
The Senate on Tuesday adopted another bill on future plants.
The House of Representatives also has to vote on the rules legislation.
The White House said Tuesday that Obama planned to use his veto power if necessary.
Many conservatives in the Senate and House of Representatives deny that climate change is a result of human industry and agriculture, and have opposed emissions controls designed to slow global warming.
Obama will be in Paris for a United Nations summit that kicks off later this month meant to yield the first worldwide agreement to cut the greenhouse gas emissions driving global warming.
The UN Conference of Parties (COP21) summit is to be held in Le Bourget, north of Paris, from November 30 to December 11, and is tasked with producing a deal committing all the world's nations to action starting in 2020. — AFP