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Thune Supports Effort to Reverse EPA Endangerment Finding

Resolution of Disapproval Would Assert Congressional Authority Over Rule Making Process

December 14, 2009

Washington, D.C. —  Senator John Thune today applauded and pledged to support a resolution of disapproval proposed by Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) that would reexamine the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) announced endangerment rule on carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gasses. The Murkowski resolution would allow Congress to nullify the EPA’s new regulation under the terms of the Congressional Review Act.

“The Obama Administration is unilaterally using the EPA to circumvent Congress in regulating greenhouse gasses under a law written 20 years ago under different circumstances,” said Thune. “I support this measure to stop bureaucrats and the White House from imposing a back-door national energy tax.

“The endangerment finding announced last week could have major implications for South Dakota’s economy. Ethanol plants, manufacturing facilities, and even livestock emissions would be subject to the EPA’s action and it would increase food, fuel, and utility costs and endanger jobs.”

In September, Senator Thune and Senator Murkowski introduced an amendment to the Interior and Environment Appropriations bill that would have prohibited the EPA from regulating carbon emissions from stationary sources, such as power plants, refineries, and factories if it would result in higher electricity or gasoline prices for consumers.