January 27, 2012
Matt Dempsey Matt_Dempsey@epw.senate.gov (202) 224-9797
Katie Brown Katie_Brown@epw.senate.gov (202) 224-2160
Obama-EPA Moving Quietly to Impose Gas Tax
Washington, D.C. - Senator James Inhofe (R-Okla.) Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, commented on the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) plan to propose a Tier 3 rule on vehicles in March and finalize it in October. These Tier 3 standards will cause gasoline prices to rise up to 25 cents a gallon.
"I am disappointed but not surprised to learn that the Obama-EPA is moving forward with yet another regulation that will cause prices to go up at the pump. This regulation, the Tier 3 standard, will raise gas prices up to 25 cents a gallon on every American," Senator Inhofe said. "The Obama regulatory assault on affordable energy continues. This is the last thing hard working American families need."
"EPA does not have to do this: its Tier 3 standards are entirely discretionary. Furthermore EPA is not moving forward in an open and transparent manner, to the point that a bipartisan group of senators joined this month to ask EPA to address the many problems with its Tier 3 rulemaking process.
"Once upon a time, President Obama vowed not to raise the gas tax until the economy recovers. If this is what he calls economic recovery, we are in big trouble."