WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., today criticized the Senate's rejection of a bipartisan disapproval resolution to stop the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating greenhouse gas emissions under the Clean Air Act.
The motion to proceed to the disapproval resolution failed by a vote of 47 to 53.
"I'm extremely disappointed that many members of the Senate do not seem to understand the implications of this ruling on our economy. This backdoor attempt to regulate greenhouse gases will have dramatic negative effects on our manufacturing sector while also causing significant increases in the cost of power generation," Isakson said. "While we should take proactive steps to reduce our emissions footprint, it is absolutely essential to address the economic impact of these measures on our economy."
On Dec. 7, 2009, the EPA announced its finding that greenhouse gases threaten public health. The endangerment finding took effect on Jan. 14, 2010, and clears the way for the EPA to present its first greenhouse gas rules.
Isakson believes it is the responsibility of Congress to address the issue of climate change.