Posted on April 6, 2011
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today voted to prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating greenhouse gas emissions through the Clean Air Act, an EPA regulatory effort he described as a “backdoor energy tax that Congress already debated and rejected.”
“The decision on what to do about carbon would have too great an impact on American jobs and lives to leave in the hands of unelected bureaucrats at a Washington agency – that job is the responsibility of an elected Congress,” Alexander said.
The amendment, which was offered by Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), was originally introduced as The Energy Tax Prevention Act of 2011, a stand-alone bill introduced by Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), which Alexander cosponsored. Both the bill and amendment leave intact all of the essential provisions of the Clean Air Act, a law that protects Americans from pollution that has direct public health impacts. The amendment required 60 votes for passage and failed by a vote of 50 to 50.
An identical bill has been introduced in the House of Representatives by Representatives Fred Upton (R-Mich.) and Ed Whitfield (R-Ky.).
Alexander last year cosponsored a resolution of disapproval that would have banned the EPA from moving forward with planned regulation of greenhouse gas emissions.
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