EPA Narrowly Keeps Global Warming Authority in Close Senate Vote

Published June 11, 2010

A resolution to prohibit the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from regulating carbon dioxide under the Clean Air Act was narrowly defeated in the U.S. Senate, with six Democrats joining all 41 Republicans voting for the resolution.

Congressmen House members from both parties have expressed concern that EPA, an unelected bureaucracy, is poised to impose economically punitive regulations on virtually all sectors of the economy in the name of fighting global warming.

Congress, while under the control of Republicans and Democrats alike, has repeatedly refused to impose such unilateral economic restrictions on the American economy to fight speculative alleged global warming claims while the rest of the world remains free to emit as much carbon dioxide as it pleases.

Global carbon dioxide emissions may continue to rise, but U.S. emissions have been declining for a full decade.

“Every one of the 53 Democratic Senators who voted against the Murkowski Resolution has now taken full responsibility for the economic consequences of the EPA’s greenhouse gas regulations,” noted Myron Ebell, director of energy and global warming policy at the Competitive Enterprise Institute. 

James M. Taylor ([email protected]) is managing editor of Environment & Climate News.