Rockefeller support for restraining EPA greenhouse gas regulation praised by Americans for Limited Government

June 9th, 2010, Fairfax, VA—Americans for Limited Government thanked West Virginia’s U.S. Senator Jay Rockefeller for his support for efforts to restrict the federal Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) capacity to regulate greenhouse gases.

S. J. Res. 26 by Lisa Murkowski of Alaska was prompted by potential EPA rulemaking related to their finding that carbon dioxide is a pollutant.

Many economists, businesses and community leaders have expressed concerns that the EPA regulations could have a draconian impact on the economy of states that are dependent upon manufacturing or production of natural resources.

In a statement released from his office, Rockefeller noted these concerns as his primary focus saying, “I intend to vote for Sen. Murkowski’s resolution of disapproval because I believe we must send a strong message that the fate of West Virginia’s economy, our manufacturing industries and our workers should not be solely in the hands of EPA.”

Bill Wilson, President of Americans for Limited Government praised Rockefeller’s decision stating, “Our nation’s economy could literally be destroyed by the EPA if their regulatory authority on supposed greenhouse gases is not reined in. Senator Rockefeller’s decision to vote for the Murkowski resolution is a courageous step to reject the Obama Administration and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on this important issue.”

The Murkowski Resolution is scheduled for a Senate vote on Thursday, June 10th. Unlike other Senate actions, the Resolution only requires 51 votes for passage, and, if passed, the House of Representatives is required to bring it to a floor vote.


“Earth Not on Fire: The Threat Posed by the EPA’s CO2 Endangerment Finding on the Individual and the Economy,” Americans for Limited Government, June, 2010.

ALG Letter to U.S. Senate, June 8th, 2010.

“The EPA’s Reckless Endangerment,” by ALG President Bill Wilson, June 8th, 2010.

Interview Availability: Please contact Rebekah Rast at (703) 383-0880 or at to arrange an interview with ALG President Bill Wilson.