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U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., made the following statement after the Senate defeat of a measure that would prevent the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from regulating greenhouse gas emissions like carbon dioxide.

“I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again - unelected bureaucrats at the EPA should not single handedly change the intent of the Clean Energy Act to fit their ‘shut down fossil fuels at any cost’ agenda. Unfortunately, that is what is happening and just as unfortunate is the failure of the U.S. Senate to stop them, despite the efforts of Western senators,” said Enzi.

Today the U.S. Senate voted 50-50 against an amendment to S.493, the Small Business and Innovation Research bill that would prevent the EPA from using the Clean Air Act to regulate greenhouse gas emissions. The amendment needed 60 votes to pass. The failure of this amendment allows the EPA to continue moving forward with implementation of their backdoor national energy tax.

In December of 2009, the EPA announced plans to regulate greenhouse gas emissions using the Clean Air Act as authority to regulate those gases even though the Clean Air Act was never intended to regulate such emissions. Following the EPA’s announcement, a resolution of disapproval, S.J. Res. 26 was introduced and subsequently failed in the U.S. Senate, to prevent the EPA from using the Clean Air Act to regulate carbon emissions. Today’s amendment was another attempt to stop the EPA from regulating carbon.

The Senate also considered three other amendments today related to the EPA’s actions. None of the amendments ultimately stopped the EPA from implementing their job killing regulations and all were defeated.

Enzi is a co-sponsor of a standalone bill, the Energy Tax Prevention Act that would prevent the EPA from using the Clean Air Act to regulate climate change.