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'Big Win' for Obama-EPA a Huge Loss for the Heartland

EPA Regulatory Barrage Continues So Congress Must Act

Washington, D.C. - Senator James Inhofe (R-Okla), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, commented on today's Federal Court ruling on the Obama Environmental Protection Agency's greenhouse gas regulations.

"This 'big win' for the Obama EPA is a huge loss for every American, especially those in the heartland states which rely on fossil fuel development and the affordable energy that comes with it," Senator Inhofe said. "EPA's massive and complicated regulatory barrage will continue to punish job creators and further undermine our economy. This is the true agenda that President Obama is trying to hide under disingenuous reelection rhetoric about an 'all of the above' approach to energy.

"And what will Americans get in return for this regulatory nightmare? Even EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson said that these rules will have no effect on the climate so it will be all pain for no environmental gain. Today's court ruling should be a wake-up call for the United States Senate to do its job and prevent what an author of the Clean Air Act amendments, Representative Dingell, called a 'glorious mess.' Last year 64 Senators went on record as wanting to stop these devastating greenhouse gas regulations from taking effect - it's time they actually do so."