President Pro Tempore
Senator Brian Bingman, R-Sapulpa
State Capitol Room 422
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: April 20, 2011
Pro-Tem's Resolution Challenges EPA Regs
Air Quality Mandates Would Kill Jobs
Recent efforts by the Environmental Protection Agency
to mandate new air quality regulations in Oklahoma will kill jobs
and competitiveness if not aggressively challenged at every turn,
according to Senate President Pro-Tempore Brian Bingman, R-Sapulpa.
SCR 13, which Bingman authored with Representative John Trebilcock,
R-Broken Arrow, was approved by the senate on Wednesday. It asks
congress to prohibit the EPA "by any means necessary"
from regulating green house gas emissions. "Let me state emphatically
that we want to protect and maintain our clean air and environmental
health," said Bingman, "but EPA regulations are a train
wreck of overlapping requirements that will cause more harm than
SCR 13 calls on congress to prohibit the EPA from regulating greenhouse
gas emissions including, if necessary, de-funding EPA greenhouse
gas regulatory activities. Additionally, it asks that a moratorium
be placed on new regulations.
"At this time the main goal of government should be to avoid
worthless regulations that harm job growth and promote economic
recovery, not create new regulations that are designed to replace
unpopular Cap and Trade legislation," stated Bingman.
SCR 13 requires the EPA to provide a cost-benefit analysis to specify
how much the regulations are affecting America's economy and overall
"Oklahoma's economy is doing well in this recession but it
is still fragile and I cannot stand by while the federal government
imposes harmful regulations on the state that will hurt its citizens."
For more information contact:
Sen. Bingman: (405) 521-5605