Matt Dempsey Matt_Dempsey@epw.senate.gov (202)224-9797
David Lungren David_Lungren@epw.senate.gov (202)224-5642
Inhofe Responds to EPA Announcement on Climate
WASHINGTON, DC - Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ranking Member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, commented today on EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson's latest statement on EPA's intention to restrict greenhouse gas emissions under the Clean Air Act.
"On the same day that Senators Kerry and Boxer introduce a massive new energy tax, which even members of their own party don't support, the Administration is quietly moving to impose a backdoor energy tax through EPA," Senator Inhofe said. "Today is the first step in that process-and it's clear that EPA is violating the Clean Air Act. EPA's proposal will not survive legal scrutiny, and once it's thrown out by the courts, schools, hospitals, farms and millions of other sources will face the heavy hand of new federal regulations. As a former mayor, it's clear this new tax will grind economic growth to a halt in cities and communities across America. I will say this: at some point, Congress will intervene to stop EPA from implementing the Administration's backdoor energy tax."