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WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, released the following statement after the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that states and stakeholders opposed to the Obama administration’s extreme climate agenda to regulate carbon from power plants would have to wait for the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) final rule before taking it to court:

“Today’s decision by the federal court is a short-lived, technical obstacle to overturning the President’s economically disastrous Clean Power Plan. The president’s rushed timeline is already forcing states to spend resources  on a rule that will ultimately fail. I have no doubt that once the proposal is finalized and the Courts can get to the merits of the case, it will be overturned. This $479 billion proposal ignores the will of Congress, undermines the Clean Air Act, and is a bad deal for the American people.  It will reduce grid reliability, raise the cost of energy and ship our jobs overseas. This is why 32 states oppose this proposal and many are planning to ‘just say no’ to this regulatory overreach.  We do not live in a country where an agency of unelected bureaucrats gets to decide what the law is, even under President Obama. I will not let this president burn the Constitution for the sake of solidifying his environmental legacy.”