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38 Senators support Murkowski resolution

Created: 1/26/10 (Tue) | Topic: Issues

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (D-Alaska) has the support of 38 other senators for a disapproval resolution that would block efforts by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to regulate greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act.

The resolution requires only a simple majority for approval, and Republicans believe they have a shot at a symbolic victory over the Obama administration’s climate change agenda, according to Politico.

Rick Krause, American Farm Bureau Federation senior director of congressional relations, said the resolution is important because now that Congress is unlikely to pass climate change legislation this year, EPA is taking the lead with new regulations to address it.

EPA’s “endangerment finding” has determined greenhouse gases are a threat to public health, which paves the way for regulation under the Clean Air Act.

“The endangerment finding is based on the assumption that these emissions affect the climate in ways that would produce more intense storms or drought, so that would have an indirect threat on human health,” Krause said in an AFBF Newsline interview.

“The problem is that EPA regulation essentially will have no impact on the environment, and it would have no impact on human health, simply because greenhouse gases are mixed throughout the world evenly.

Any regulation that EPA might make with regard to greenhouse gases would be negated by increased emissions from China, India or other countries around the world for which EPA has no regulatory control.”

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