AEI scholars Kenneth P. Green and Steven F. Hayward are available to comment on the outcome of the Thursday, June 10th vote on Senate Joint Resolution 26, a resolution proposed by Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) that would essentially strip the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of its ability to regulate greenhouse gas emissions. The purpose of the resolution is to negate last year's EPA endangerment finding regarding greenhouse gases, which would allow greenhouse gases to be regulated under the Clean Air Act--an act that previously limited the federal government to regulating air particulates, ground-level ozone, carbon monoxide, sulfur oxides, nitrogen oxides, and lead, but not greenhouse gases.
At the time of the finding, Steve Hayward wrote that:
The Clean Air Act is not properly designed to handle the greenhouse gas problem, and
The EPA's plans to regulate greenhouse gases through the 1970 Act is the result of a lengthy and politically motivated effort by the agency.
AEI scholar Ken Green adds:
The Murkowski Resolution represents a noble effort to prevent the EPA from entangling the country in a regulatory nightmare by regulating greenhouse gases under the auspices of the Clean Air Act.
The Clean Air Act, as many have observed, is singularly inappropriate for the control of greenhouse gases, and
By EPA's own admission, will lead to significant damage to the economy.
Ken Green can be reached at [email protected] or 202.862.4883 and Steve Hayward at [email protected] or 202.862.5882. For additional media inquiries, please contact Sara Huneke in public affairs at [email protected] or 202.862.4870.