As the Imperial EPA Now Reigns, Some Reaction …

From Thomas J. Gibson, president and CEO of the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI), a statement:

We are disappointed that the U.S. Senate failed to pass S.J. Res 26, Senator Lisa Murkowski’s (R-Alaska) Resolution of Disapproval of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) plan to regulate greenhouse gases (GHGs) from stationary sources, such as steel production facilities, under the Clean Air Act (CAA). This regulatory path will be economically detrimental to American manufacturing, and will not result in a reduction in greenhouse gas emission, as overseas competitors will continue to increase their emissions. Climate change is a global problem that can only be addressed effectively on a global basis.

Bob Stallman, President, American Farm Bureau Federation, a statement:

The American Farm Bureau is disappointed that the Senate failed to halt the Environmental Protection Agency’s regulation of greenhouse gases by failing to approve S.J. Res. 26. This was one of the most important votes in the Senate this year affecting U.S. agriculture.

Additional EPA regulation for farmers will likely mean higher food costs for consumers because of higher input and energy costs to grow our food and result in negative economic impacts on the agriculture sector.

Importantly, this vote also brought into question who should decide our nation’s energy policy – elected lawmakers or a regulatory agency. It is regrettable the Senate answered this question as it did. The vote against S.J. Res. 26 allows EPA to embark on the ambitious and unprecedented regulation of the American economy without congressional input.

Wall Street Journal editorial, “Reckless Endangerment”:

The cap-and-tax crowd dodged a silver bullet yesterday, with the Senate voting 53 to 47 against a bill that would have banned the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating carbon without the consent of Congress. Still, the fact that six Democrats voted to void the EPA’s “endangerment finding” shows that voters have discovered how costly and destructive President Obama’s green ambitions really are.

Sen. Mark Pryor (D-AR), a statement:

There is clear consensus within the scientific community that human activities will have a serious and costly impact on our environment unless we take meaningful steps to mitigate pollution from greenhouse gases. Although I agree with the science, I firmly believe that Congress, and not the EPA, should determine policy on greenhouse gas emissions. The Murkowski resolution, while not perfect, will prevent this unelected regulatory agency from imposing new rules that could have far-reaching, long-lasting, and ever-changing consequences for all Arkansans. For that reason, I supported the Murkowski resolution.

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