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Inhofe: Lack of Action by Developing Nations Makes Senate Cap-and-Trade Bill “Meaningless”
July 8, 2009

Contact: Matt Dempsey Matt_Dempsey@epw.senate.gov (202)224-9797

“Unless supporters of cap-and-trade legislation can develop a plan to convince China and India to make meaningful emissions reductions on par with the United States, no such bill will pass the U.S. Senate.”

 

 

Washington, D.C. - Just one day after EPA Administrator Jackson confirmed an EPA analysis showing that unilateral U.S. action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions would have no effect on climate, China, India and other developing nations announced today at the G8 meeting they will not accept mandatory emissions controls on their economies. 

 

“It’s no surprise that during today’s G8 meeting, China, India and other developing nations refused to accept mandatory emissions controls on their economies,” Senator Inhofe said. “Without participation from China and India, anything we do here at home would impose burdensome costs on consumers in the form of higher electricity, gas, and food prices, all for no climate gain.  Unless supporters of cap-and-trade legislation can develop a plan to convince China and India to make meaningful emissions reductions on par with the United States, no such bill will pass the U.S. Senate.”

 

EPA Administrator Jackson appeared before the EPW Committee on Tuesday and confirmed an EPA analysis showing that unilateral U.S. action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions would have no effect on climate.  "I believe the central parts of the [EPA] chart are that U.S. action alone will not impact world CO2 levels," Administrator Jackson said. 

 

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