Inhofe Introduces the Energy Tax Prevention Act

Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK) has introduced the Energy Tax Prevention Act (S. 482) today, according to a press release. The release describes this bill as stopping the “Obama EPA’s back-door cap-and-trade regulations from taking effect.”

It leaves “all of the essential provisions of the Clean Air Act intact, ensuring that Americans will be protected from pollution that has direct public health impacts.”

The Hill notes that this bill “strips the Environmental Protection Agency’s power to regulate greenhouse gas emissions, a move that escalates the GOP’s broader assault on the agency’s climate-change agenda.”

EPA has begun phasing in initial greenhouse-gas permitting requirements for large new and modified pollution sources, and is planning to craft other regulations, including specific emissions standards for power plants and refineries.

The legislation “would not kill the current joint EPA-Transportation Department rules on auto mileage and tailpipe greenhouse gas emissions that cover model years 2012-2016, but it would prevent subsequent EPA regulation of greenhouse emissions from cars, according to Inhofe’s office.”

It will “likely clear the House, but would be unlikely to advance in the Senate.”

The bill could provide, however, political running room for less-aggressive proposals that would delay regulation without stripping EPA’s authority outright.

Inhofe is Ranking Member on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.

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