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New Analysis: Senate Resolution Could Cost Illinois Drivers Millions

June 10, 2010

CHICAGO - The U.S. Senate is expected to vote today on a proposal introduced by Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski that would prevent the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from regulating greenhouse gas emissions under the Clean Air Act. According to an analysis by Environment Illinois, passage of the resolution would increase dependence on foreign oil and cost Illinois drivers $44 million at the gas pump in 2016.

Trip Van Noppen, president of Earth Justice, says the resolution would be a big step backward.

"It would roll back the fuel economy provisions for new cars; it would prevent the EPA from moving ahead with up-to-date air pollution requirements on power plants and oil refineries."

Supporters of the resolution say EPA greenhouse-gas regulations will drive up the cost of doing business and be a burden on Illinois businesses and the economy. However, Jack Darin, president of the Illinois Sierra Club, says we cannot afford not to regulate.

"All the premature deaths that are caused by air pollution, all the children who are sent to the emergency room on hot summer days because of urban smog and asthma attacks - these are costs that all of us bear."

Illinois Sens. Dick Durbin and Roland Burris both plan to oppose the resolution. President Obama is threatening a veto.

Mary Anne Meyers, Public News Service - IL