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House OK's Resolution Supporting Sen. Murkowski's S.J. 26 - Stoltze's HJR 49

HJR 49 urges Congress to strip proposed climate change bills, honor Clean Air Act intent


Monday, March 29, 2010, Juneau, Alaska – The Alaska State House today passed House Joint Resolution 49, which urges Congress to support U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski’s Senate Joint Resolution 26. House Finance Committee Co-Chair Bill Stoltze, R-Chugiak/Mat-Su, sponsored the resolution, which passed by a vote of 34 to 6.

Sen. Murkowski’s S.J. Res. 26 would disapprove of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Clean Air Act rules, with its findings to be issued this week, setting standards for greenhouse gas emissions. Murkowski’s resolution would prevent EPA from moving forward.

“The Congress is working on more reasonable policy, and Senator Murkowski has a bipartisan resolution that will stop the EPA from enacting these economically-harmful and unnecessary rules,” Stoltze said. “The Clean Air Act doesn’t give the EPA the authority to rule on these matters; we can’t allow or support a mid-level federal government bureaucrat dictating significant policy decisions. We should applaud the senator’s political courage, and come together in support of her resolution. The Congress can and should develop reasonable measures to encourage investment in newer, cleaner technologies, and not push job-killing and economically disastrous climate change bills.”

Stoltze who is supportive of Governor Sean Parnell’s call for the State to intervene against the EPA in the U.S. Court of Appeals, where several states, trade groups and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce also hope to halt the expanded regulatory powers. “We have to protect our interests,” Stoltze said. “The governor and Attorney General are right in intervening; the Clean Air Act was not designed or envisioned to regulate greenhouse gases. We are not challenging the science. We are challenging the EPAs over-stepping their authority.

Murkowski’s resolution was assigned to the Senate’s Committee on the Environment & Public Works, which U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-California, chairs.

HJR 49 now heads to the Alaska State Senate for consideration.

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