Timothy Wirth Statement on Defeat of Senate Resolution to Strip EPA of Authority to Regulate Global Warming Emissions
Washington, DC — June 10, 2010
On today’s defeat of S.J. Res. 26, sponsored by Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), that sought to disapprove the finding by the Environmental Protection Agency that the current and projected concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere threaten the public health and welfare of current and future generations.
“Today’s vote was a welcome rejection of a very bad idea – congressional second-guessing of a finding made by EPA in fulfilling its duty to protect the public health and welfare.
“Three years ago, the Supreme Court ruled that greenhouse gases are pollutants and that EPA had the authority under the Clean Air Act to determine whether or not they endanger public health. EPA evaluated the scientific evidence and made that finding, as they should.
“The opponents of EPA action have argued that Congress, not the agency, should take the lead on climate change. Now they have the opportunity to do so. The Senate should pass an energy and climate bill that creates a new foundation for job creation and economic growth, that reduces U.S. dependence on oil, and that protects our environmental future. If these same opponents now oppose and obstruct congressional efforts to act, it would be the height of political hypocrisy.”