Alexander Statement on EPA’s Climate Change Announcement

Posted on April 17, 2009

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) released the following statement today regarding the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) announcement that greenhouse gases could pose a threat to public health: "While EPA acted today to implement a U.S. Supreme Court decision on the effects of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases, the elected Congress, not an administrative agency, should write the laws governing the economy's response to climate change. The costs of compliance could run into hundreds of billions of dollars a year – costs borne by average Americans through huge increases in their electric bills and at the gas pump. And no new costs should be imposed while the nation is in a recession. We should start with carbon caps on coal plant smokestacks and vehicle tailpipes. This would cover about seventy per cent of carbon, limit surprises, and avoid adding direct costs to businesses that would send jobs overseas And any dollars collected from controls on carbon should all be returned to the American people – not a single penny should be left in a Washington, D.C., slush fund for politicians to spend.”