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Says EPA Is Imposing ‘New Backdoor Energy Tax’ on Consumers 

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator James Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, issued the following statement today in response to EPA’s announcement of its new global warming regulation on cars: “Achieving greater fuel efficiency and lessening dependence on foreign oil are two policy goals that I support,” Sen. Inhofe said. “We have many ways of achieving these goals without imposing a backdoor energy tax on consumers created by the EPA.  As the EPA Administrator admitted to me, EPA’s regulation won’t have any meaningful climate impacts.  However, it most certainly will mean higher costs for consumers and fewer jobs.  In short, EPA’s backdoor tax is all pain for no climate gain. 

“This is the initial step in EPA’s regulatory barrage stemming from the endangerment finding.  I will continue to work with Sen. Murkowski and other senators from both parties to overturn this finding, remove EPA’s authority to regulate every corner of the American economy, and protect jobs and consumers all across the country.”

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