Alexander Says Congress, Not EPA, Should Write Climate Laws

Calls Today’s EPA Carbon Ruling “A Bad Idea” for U.S. Economy, Jobs

Posted on December 7, 2009

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Republican Conference, issued the following statement on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) announcement today that carbon dioxide “threaten[s] the public health and welfare of the American people,” giving the government agency control over its regulation without the approval of Congress: “The elected Congress, not an administrative agency, should write the laws governing the economy's response to climate change. The costs of compliance with the EPA's unilateral announcement today 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. This is an especially bad idea when unemployment is at 10 percent.”