U.S. Senator Tom Coburn, M.D. (R-OK) released the following statement today after voting for a Senate resolution sponsored by U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) that would have blocked the EPA from regulating greenhouse gas emissions under the Clean Air Act without congressional legislation. The Senate failed to pass the resolution by a vote of 47 to 53.
"This vote shows Congress' willingness to regulate ourselves out of a recovery and back into a recession. We are sacrificing our future on the altar of environmental fundamentalism. Even if the science behind this question was settled -- and it isn't -- this is the worst possible time to allow the EPA to take these steps. These regulations will harm every American family by destroying jobs and increasing the cost of everything we buy in this country," Dr. Coburn said, noting that more than 530 organizations ranging from farmers to builders to small businesses supported the Murkowski resolution.
"It's no wonder the American people have lost faith in government when we take dramatic action to combat phony emergencies while ignoring true emergencies. While welfare systems around the world are collapsing under the weight of crushing debt, a significant bloc of American leaders is more interested in pandering to Hollywood actors and producers," Dr. Coburn said.
"Finally, it is absurd to allow an agency as incompetent as the EPA to exercise vast new powers when they can't manage less complex tasks. If the EPA can't train 250,000 contractors to manage lead paint rules, for instance, why should we expect them to regulate the energy-consuming processes used in every sector of the economy? This vote shows that the only entity less competent than the EPA is Congress," Dr. Coburn said.
Under the Clean Air Act, the EPA currently regulates 15,000 entities. Should this regulation go into full effect, that number would be multiplied more than 400 times (6.1 million entities).