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Resolution to Stop Job Killing Greenhouse Gas Regulations Introduced

(JUNEAU) – Rep. Charisse Millett, R-Anchorage, introduced House Joint Resolution 22 this morning. It urges the United States Congress to pass laws issuing a moratorium on air quality regulations by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and to stop it from regulating greenhouse gas emissions. It also requests a report outlining the economic effects of the agency’s regulatory activity relating to air quality.

“Domestic energy production equals economic growth,” said Rep. Millett. “Energy producing states like Alaska can reignite job growth on a national scale if Congress asserts its authority over the EPA before the agency tries to impose new air quality restrictions lawmakers wisely refused to pass.”

The EPA has announced it will take action on climate change by improving air quality as its first strategic goal over the next four years. So far, it has not explained how it plans to achieve that and what it will cost the economy in terms of jobs, wages and reduced tax revenue at the local, state and federal level.

Protecting the environment carries a hefty price tag and paying for it requires wealth creation. The federal government’s first job must be to reinvigorate the economy and reestablish a stable climate for America’s business community.

HJR 22 was referred to the House Special Committee on Economic Development, Trade & Tourism and the House Resources Committee.

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