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Thune Cosponsors Bill to Prevent Federal Power Grab

Says administration’s backdoor energy regulations must end

January 31, 2011

Washington, DC —  Senator John Thune today joined Senator John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) in introducing the Defending America's Affordable Energy and Jobs Act, a bill to preempt backdoor federal restrictions on greenhouse gases in the name of addressing climate change and restore the role of the U.S. Congress in the development and implementation of the nation's climate and energy policy. The legislation, of which Thune is an original cosponsor, would also prohibit legal action against sources of greenhouse gases based solely on potential climate change impacts.

"Over the last two years, our country has witnessed an unprecedented power grab by the Obama administration in the name of climate control," said Thune. "Unelected bureaucrats at countless federal agencies continue to craft backdoor energy policies that do not fully consider economic impacts. In a time of near-10 percent unemployment nationally, our economy cannot sustain policies that continue to stifle job creation and economic growth. I am pleased to sign on to this bill to ensure that our nation's energy policies are not crafted by unelected federal bureaucrats behind closed doors, but instead by elected officials who can be held accountable by the voters."

The Pew Center on Global Climate Change released a report last November that stated the Obama administration has currently tasked at least nine agencies to address climate change regulations including: the Department of Commerce, the Department of Defense, the Department of Energy, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Department of Interior, the Department of Transportation, and the Environmental Protection Agency.