NGA Letter Undermines EPA Authority

Senator Murkowski recently introduced a resolution that would strip the EPA of its power to regulate carbon emissions. This legislation comes three years after the Supreme Court upheld the EPA's authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions, and after the EPA proved that greenhouse gases pose a danger to public health and the environment. Senator Burr is a co-sponsor of this legislation, but today the more important issue is a letter that will be circulated at the National Governors Assoc. this weekend. The letter which was written by Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour supports Murkowski's effort to weaken the Clean Air Act.

If Congress followed these recommendations the EPA could no longer regulate the pollutants from different carbon sources, such as cars and light-trucks, coal-fired power plants, oil refineries, or other big smokestack industries. It would also make it impossible for the Obama administration to move forward with the new tailpipe emissions standard, which could save Americans $50 a month in fuel costs while reducing the nation's oil consumption by 1.8 billion barrels. Although its late in the day please call any contacts you have in the Governors office and urge Perdue to not sign this environmentally destructive bill. Here is the number. (919)733-4240

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