U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu, D-La., today co-sponsored Sen. Lisa Murkowski's (R-Alaska) bipartisan resolution to block the Environmental Protection Agency's attempt to use the Clean Air Act to regulate greenhouse gases. Sen. Landrieu has expressed concerns that the Administration may use its recent endangerment finding to circumvent Congress' efforts to improve American energy security and mitigate the risks of climate change.
Sen. Landrieu said:
"I am supporting Sen. Murkowski's resolution because the Clean Air Act was never intended to regulate greenhouse gases. It was designed to reduce the smog and acid rain that was choking our cities in the 1970s and 1980s. That law, which I support, has worked fairly well. But greenhouse gases do not harm our lungs and pollute our air.
"To regulate carbon emissions with the Clean Air Act would be to jam a square peg into a round hole. This Act is a blunt instrument not suited to the job. I fear that the result would be poorly-designed regulations that damage our economy, lead to greater investment uncertainty, and not do enough to enhance energy security and reduce the risks of climate change.
"Congress needs to work in a transparent and bipartisan fashion to address the challenges posed by too much carbon in our atmosphere. I look forward to working with my colleagues -- both Democrats and Republicans -- to produce legislation that is designed specifically to meet those challenges, while strengthening our economy. And in the process, we need to explain the risks of inaction to the American people and gain their support in this effort. We cannot regulate first and ask questions later."