Timothy Wirth Statement on Senate Resolution to Strip EPA of Authority to Regulate Global Warming Emissions
Washington, DC — June 10, 2010
On S.J. Res. 26, sponsored by Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), 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.
“Once the Supreme Court decided that greenhouse gases are air pollutants covered by the Clean Air Act and affirmed EPA’s authority to regulate them, the path forward was clear and inevitable. The science of climate change, as reviewed in a major report by the National Academy of Sciences last month, demands action. The Senate should strongly reject any attempt to repudiate the careful and considered conclusions of our nation’s top scientists.
“Lisa Jackson, the Administrator of the EPA, has initiated a cautious, step-by-step approach to regulate large-scale sources of carbon pollution. This strategic and reasonable process should be sustained.
“President Obama has spoken out clearly in favor of legislation to make the clean energy economy a reality, and the White House has appropriately threatened to veto the Murkowski resolution, should it be passed.
“Preempting the EPA’s powers under the Clean Air Act has been the number one objective of the fossil fuel industry ever since Congress started to address climate and energy legislation. Taking away EPA’s authority would set a dangerous precedent for environmental protection in the United States.
“Now we must together look to the future and move as rapidly as possible toward a clean, low-carbon economy. This agenda must include robust energy efficiency programs, expanded use of renewable energy and steps to displace coal and oil with natural gas as a cleaner, bridge fuel.”