Matt Dempsey Matt_Dempsey@epw.senate.gov (202) 224-9797
Katie Brown Katie_Brown@epw.senate.gov (202) 224-2160
Inhofe Welcomes EPA Delay of Greenhouse Gas Regulations
Calls on Senate Democrats to follow the President's lead and stop EPA's job-killing agenda
Washington, D.C.-Senator James Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, today welcomed the announcement by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as noted by Reuters that it will not meet its September 30 deadline to issue greenhouse gas regulations.
"I am very pleased by today's announcement that one of EPA's most economically damaging rules will be delayed," Senator Inhofe said. "This announcement, as well as President Obama's recent request that EPA withdraw the ozone standard, makes one thing clear: not only will EPA's barrage of regulations cost hundreds of thousands of American jobs, they may cost President Obama his own job, and he knows it all too well. That's why he is punting on a number of them until after the 2012 election.
"Now that the President has acknowledged that EPA's train wreck rules are destroying jobs and doing great harm to our economy, the question is when will Senate Democrats follow the President's lead and acknowledge this as well? We will find out in the next few months as Republicans bring forward a number of proposals to stop EPA's job killing agenda.
"It is an inconvenient truth that this announcement comes at the same time as the 24 hour 'Gore-athon.' Al Gore has criticized President Obama for not talking about global warming; now Obama is delaying action on global warming in the midst of his latest campaign. Now that's a dose of reality."