Alexander Says Senate Action Risks “Forcing Millions of Jobs Overseas Looking for Cheap Energy”

“It’s Congress’ job – not a bureaucrat’s or agency’s – to take action on carbon in a way that preserves jobs.” – Lamar Alexander

Posted on June 10, 2010

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Republican Conference, today released the following statement on the Senate’s rejection of Senator Lisa Murkowski’s (R-AK) resolution of disapproval that would have banned the EPA from moving forward with planned regulation of greenhouse gas emissions. Sen. Alexander, a member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, cosponsored and voted for the resolution: 

“The EPA action could put six million entities that emit 250 tons of carbon a year under its regulatory thumb. That’s one-fifth of our restaurants, one-fourth of our schools, two-thirds of our hospitals and doctor’s offices, 10 percent of our churches, thousands of farms and millions of small businesses potentially sending millions of American jobs overseas looking for cheap energy – all without any debate in Congress. It’s Congress’ job – not a bureaucrat’s or agency’s – to take action on carbon in a way that preserves jobs instead of running them overseas looking for cheap energy.” 

The EPA is planning to use the Clean Air Act to regulate greenhouse gases, which will essentially allow the agency to write the law on how the federal government deals with carbon and other greenhouse gas emissions.

The Senate voted against proceeding to consideration of the Murkowski resolution, 47-53.

 

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