HJR 49: Urging the United States Congress to enact S.J. Res. 26, a resolution disapproving the Environmental Protection Agency's imposition of climate regulations that would harm Alaska's economy and the livelihoods of the state's citizens.

00 HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 49 01 Urging the United States Congress to enact S.J. Res. 26, a resolution disapproving the 02 Environmental Protection Agency's imposition of climate regulations that would harm 03 Alaska's economy and the livelihoods of the state's citizens. 04 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 05 WHEREAS the President of the United States and members of the President's party in 06 the United States Congress are seeking to enact far-reaching climate legislation in order to 07 force reductions in domestic greenhouse gas emissions; and 08 WHEREAS the United States House of Representatives has passed H.R. 2454, the 09 American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009, and the United States Senate is waiting to 10 consider S. 1733, the Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act; and 11 WHEREAS both H.R. 2454 and S. 1733 will result in unnecessary regulation and 12 economic interference by the federal government, hindering the nation's free market 13 economy, increasing federal involvement in business, and mandating state oversight; and 14 WHEREAS Congressional support for H.R. 2454 and S. 1733 has weakened because 15 of widespread concerns over economic cost, environmental effectiveness, and the intensely

01 partisan process surrounding their development; and 02 WHEREAS efforts of the United States Congress to develop a more responsible 03 policy continue, but the Environmental Protection Agency is seeking to circumvent the 04 Congress and the people of the United States by pursuing an unprecedented expansion of the 05 Clean Air Act; and 06 WHEREAS the Environmental Protection Agency, having recently issued an 07 "endangerment finding" for six greenhouse gases including carbon dioxide, is now on the 08 verge of issuing economy-wide command-and-control regulations to force reductions in 09 greenhouse gas emissions; and 10 WHEREAS the Environmental Protection Agency has estimated that up to 6,000,000 11 American businesses, facilities, farms, and other greenhouse gas emitters will fall under the 12 new climate regulations, as opposed to the 15,000 emitters who are currently regulated; and 13 WHEREAS the proposed climate regulations would subject a massive number of 14 persons to an extremely expensive, time-intensive process that would require new permits to 15 be obtained and new equipment and technologies to be installed; and 16 WHEREAS the administrative responsibilities associated with the proposed climate 17 regulations would overwhelm state and local agencies, which already struggle to complete 18 their work because of budget constraints, leading to unacceptable delays or rejections of new 19 job-creating projects that would stimulate the economy; and 20 WHEREAS the consequences of the proposed climate regulations would be higher 21 energy prices, higher food prices, fewer jobs, and reduced production of domestic oil, natural 22 gas, and coal; and 23 WHEREAS the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed "tailoring rule" does 24 not make the proposed climate regulations any more tenable because of state and local Clean 25 Air Act requirements and the likelihood that the rule would not withstand the numerous legal 26 challenges being prepared; and 27 WHEREAS the Clean Air Act was not designed to regulate greenhouse gas 28 emissions, and the economic consequences of the proposed climate regulations would be felt 29 nationwide and would be particularly harmful in Alaska; and 30 WHEREAS, because the Clean Air Act does not account for Alaska's unique 31 circumstances, including population, physical size, geographic location, and arctic climate,

01 the proposed climate regulations would uniquely disadvantage the state; and 02 WHEREAS the proposed climate regulations will have both predictable and 03 unforeseen negative effects on the state's economy and citizens; and 04 WHEREAS the state's economy is reliant on the responsible development of the 05 state's abundant natural resources, which is, at present, relatively unburdened by regulations 06 that are not specific to Alaska's market and industrial character; and 07 WHEREAS the state is a major exporter of carbon-based energy and receives more 08 than 80 percent of its unrestricted general fund revenue directly from oil and gas operations, 09 producing approximately 13 percent of the nation's oil supply; and 10 WHEREAS Alaska's refineries, which are essential to the state's economy and cold 11 weather fuel needs, are uniquely vulnerable to the increased costs that would result from the 12 proposed climate regulations; and 13 WHEREAS the detrimental effect that the proposed climate regulations would have 14 on Alaska's refineries and North Slope oil production would also affect the Trans Alaska 15 Pipeline System, which transports hundreds of thousands of barrels of oil to American 16 markets each day and provides revenue needed for the state budget; and 17 WHEREAS the prospects for the construction of an Alaska Natural Gas Pipeline with 18 the capacity to supply affordable and clean energy to the state and the nation as a whole 19 would be severely affected on both developmental and delivery levels by the proposed climate 20 regulations; and 21 WHEREAS large fish processors, mines, hotels, hospitals, and dozens of other 22 facilities in the state would be subject to the proposed climate regulations, threatening 23 important state economic engines and Alaskans' ability to obtain access to and afford many 24 essential services; and 25 WHEREAS the proposed climate regulations will be detrimental to the state's 26 economy and workers, stifling economic development and potentially causing enormous job 27 losses; and 28 WHEREAS natural resource development in the state, including refinery operations, 29 existing infrastructure, and proposed projects, will be negatively affected by the 30 Environmental Protection Agency's proposed use of the Clean Air Act to limit carbon dioxide 31 and greenhouse gas emissions;

01 BE IT RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature urges the United States 02 Congress to enact S.J. Res. 26, a bipartisan resolution of disapproval offered by Senator Lisa 03 Murkowski of Alaska, which would prevent the Environmental Protection Agency's 04 endangerment finding from having any force or effect, and thereby prevent the agency from 05 imposing economically harmful climate regulations that would negatively affect Alaska's 06 economy and the livelihoods of Alaskans through the elimination of jobs and increased costs 07 for goods and services; and be it 08 FURTHER RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature supports responsible 09 measures developed by the United States Congress, not by unelected federal bureaucrats, that 10 encourage investments in technology to reduce carbon dioxide and greenhouse gas emissions. 11 COPIES of this resolution shall be sent to the Honorable Barack Obama, President of 12 the United States; the Honorable Joseph R. Biden, Jr., Vice-President of the United States and 13 President of the U.S. Senate; the Honorable Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the U.S. House of 14 Representatives; the Honorable Harry Reid, Majority Leader of the U.S. Senate; and the 15 Honorable Lisa Murkowski and the Honorable Mark Begich, U.S. Senators, and the 16 Honorable Don Young, U.S. Representative, members of the Alaska delegation in Congress.