Dino Rossi is trashing Sen. Patty Murray for her vote against a Republican measure this afternoon that would have overturned an EPA ruling that brings greenhouse gas emissions under the purview of the agency. The measure, sponsored by U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), lost 53-47.

Saying that  Murray voted to "allow government bureaucrats to enact cap-and-trade, a job-killing national energy tax," Rossi added:



“I don’t support a national energy tax, but those who do, like Senator Murray, should at least be willing to make sure the legislation is debated in full public view with the people’s representatives given a chance to amend it, vote it down, or pass it."

The GOP fears that the EPA ruling would give the agency the leeway—through its power over the Clear Air Act— to regulate GHG emissions through things like a cap on carbon or a carbon tax, which they oppose.

In a speech on the Senate floor defending her vote against the measure, Murray said, "we must keep moving forward to address this critical issue, and blocking the EPA’s endangerment finding is a step backward toward the failed environmental policies of the past. ... I strongly oppose this resolution that prioritizes big oil companies over our families and small business owners. And I hope we can work together to find real solutions to this critical problem."

The American Petroleum Institute—which backed the GOP measure along with a slew of business lobbying groups including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National Mining Association and the National Petrochemical and Refiners Association—summarized the objections to the EPA ruling in a statement today:
“The Clean Air Act was never intended, nor should it be used, to address climate change. It was designed to control traditional air pollutants, not greenhouse gas emissions that come from every vehicle, home, factory and farm in America.”

Sen. Maria Cantwell also voted against the GOP measure.
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