Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Ranking Member Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.), and Energy and Power Subcommittee Chairman Ed Whitfield (R-Ky.) issued the following statement today regarding a federal energy tax under the Clean Air Act:
"It is no secret that we believe the administration's proposed greenhouse gas regulatory regime poses a significant threat to job creation and economic recovery. President Obama has spoken in recent days about a balanced approach to regulation and our nation's energy future. We share a commitment to addressing both issues, which is why, in the coming weeks, we will outline a path forward to permanently eliminate the threat of greenhouse gas regulation through the Clean Air Act. This Congress has no intention of allowing the administration to regulate that which it has been unable to legislate. The cap-and-tax scheme was soundly rejected last year, and the Clean Air Act must not be used as a backdoor route to impose the same costly national energy tax."