U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent (PA-15) today cosponsored a resolution that would prevent the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from issuing mandates on “greenhouse gases” via its new “endangerment finding” – which would in effect impose a national energy tax and lead to the elimination of countless jobs in American industry.

On December 7, 2009, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson signed the “endangerment finding” stating that certain “greenhouse gases” were a danger to the public and could be regulated under the Clean Air Act.

“This misguided effort is nothing more than a threat from the Administration for Congress to pass harmful cap-and-tax legislation or face the possibility of the EPA imposing even more damaging regulations,” Congressman Dent said. “At a time when the nation is struggling to create and maintain jobs, over-reaching mandates on greenhouse gases will only increase energy costs for American manufacturers, farmers and homeowners, further stifling any real hope for sustainable economic growth. Introducing greater uncertainty into the American economy is certainly not the type of proposal the American people expect from their government during an economic downturn.”