Landrieu Votes to Block EPA’s Overreach on Regulating Greenhouse Gases

June 10, 2010

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu, D-La., today voted to approve Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s, R-Alaska, bipartisan resolution to block the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) attempt to use the Clean Air Act to regulate greenhouse gases. Sen. Landrieu signed on to the resolution as a co-sponsor in January.

The resolution failed today by a vote of 47-53.

Sen. Landrieu said:

“If the federal government is serious about reducing carbon emissions, Congress needs to develop the right goals, guidelines and tools necessary to do the job. The Clean Air Act was designed to reduce the smog and acid rain that was choking our cities in the 1970s and 1980s, not to limit carbon in our atmosphere.

“During this debate, many opponents of the Murkowski resolution have tried to link this vote to the ongoing oil spill in the Gulf. That position is disingenuous at best. I co-sponsored the Murkowski resolution months before the Deepwater Horizon accident even happened and voted to approve it today because the Clean Air Act is not the appropriate tool to address carbon emissions. This was true before the oil spill and it remains true today.

“The fact remains that allowing the EPA to make an end run around Congress and twist the Clean Air Act for this purpose would result in ever-changing regulations and uncertainty in the private investment market that would damage Louisiana’s already fragile economy and fail to address the risks of climate change. I look forward to working with Democrats and Republicans to find a better, smarter way forward in the weeks ahead. Americans want and need energy solutions and more job creation, not overreach by regulators. That starts with real, public debate on climate change and energy challenges facing our nation.”

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