October 17, 2019
U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) stood up for the Trump Administration by voting against the Democrat’s attempt to force their radical climate agenda. Today, Senate Democrats attempted to overturn the regulatory progress made under the Trump Administration and revert back to the Obama-era climate regulations.
“My colleagues across the aisle aren’t interested in facts or using the Congressional Review Act for its intended purpose—to cut red tape and reduce burdensome regulations,” Inhofe said. “Instead, they are making failed attempts at derailing the president’s regulatory agenda for no reason. They want to undo what he has accomplished and replace it with Obama’s overbearing Clean Power Plan, ignoring the fact that under President Trump, we are leading the world in environmental gains while also growing the economy.
“Just look at the numbers. Since 1970 combined emissions of the six common pollutants dropped by 74 percent, energy-related CO2 emissions fell by over 20 percent globally and the United States leads the world in clean drinking water—all while light touch regulation led by President Trump has grown the economy. Which begs the question – Do Democrats care about opposing President Trump more than they care about environmental progress?”
In 2015, President Obama announced the Clean Power Plan (CPP), a one-size-fits-all energy policy, that would have cost at least $300 billion and caused many coal plants to close. The Supreme Court recognized the CPP exceeded the authority of the EPA by inserting the agency into federal energy policy, rather than keeping it focused on the environment. Obama’s CPP was challenged by 27 states and an analysis by the National Economic Research Associates found the CPP would have caused double-digit electricity price hikes in 40 states. The costs of the Obama rule would have been disproportionally felt by low and middle income Americans.
Sen. Inhofe led efforts in the Senate to express Congressional disapproval of the rule under President Obama, has been working with President Trump and EPA leadership to ensure the Obama-era regulations are repealed and sent a letter in January of 2018 advocating for a repeal of the Obama-era plan.
Inhofe welcomed President Trump and then-Acting EPA Administrator Wheeler’s repeal of Obama’s onerous and illegal Clean Power Plan on August 21, 2018.