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Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., joined several senators today to denounce the overreaching attempts by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to regulate carbon dioxide emissions.

“This is truly an overreach. In a big city people are breathing out carbon dioxide all day long. Could that be subject to regulation under the Clean Air Act? Could breathing become a violation? What about cattle feed lots? Cattle produce carbon dioxide and methane,” said Enzi. “I think there are a lot of unintended consequences. Stopping this regulation is the way to make sure the American people’s jobs are protected and agencies realize they can’t overreach.”                  
In December, the EPA announced that six greenhouses gases, including carbon dioxide, were a danger to public health and welfare and that the Agency would use the Clean Air Act as authority to regulate those gases. Following the EPA endangerment finding U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski, R-Ala., introduced a resolution of disapproval, S.J. Res. 26, to prevent the EPA from using the Clean Air Act to regulate carbon emissions. Under the Congressional Review Act of 1996, Congress has the opportunity to veto rules and regulations developed by federal agencies.
 “The Clean Air Act was not intended to regulate carbon dioxide, yet the EPA and others in the Administration have twisted its intent in order to hamstring our economy under the guise of saving the planet. It should not work that way and we have the opportunity to protect American jobs by supporting Senator Murkowski’s resolution of disapproval,” said Enzi.

The Senate is scheduled to debate and vote on S.J. Res. 26 this Thursday.