Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska has introduced a disapproval resolution intended to stop the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from regulating greenhouse gas emissions under the Clean Air Act, on the grounds that the regulations will endanger America’s economy.
The Republican Senator’s resolution was co-sponsored by 35 Republicans and three Democrats.
Murkowski said the regulations could force businesses to cut jobs or close their doors, severely restrict domestic energy production, increase dependence on foreign energy supplies, and make housing and consumer goods more expensive.
“As the EPA moves closer and closer to issuing these regulations, I continue to believe that this command-and-control approach is our worst option for reducing the emissions blamed for climate change,” Murkowski said. “The Clean Air Act was written by Congress to regulate criteria pollutants, not greenhouse gases, and its implementation remains subject to oversight and guidance from elected representatives. We should continue our work to pass meaningful energy and climate legislation, but in the meantime, we cannot turn a blind eye to the EPA’s efforts to impose back-door climate regulations with no input from Congress.”