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HJR 22: Urging the United States Congress to pass legislation imposing a moratorium on the issuance of new air quality regulations by the United States Environmental Protection Agency and legislation prohibiting the United States Environmental Protection Agency from regulating greenhouse gas emissions; and requesting that the federal government prepare a report on the effects of proposed regulatory activity by the United States Environmental Protection Agency relating to air quality.

00                       HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 22                                                                     
01 Urging the United States Congress to pass legislation imposing a moratorium on the                                      
02 issuance of new air quality regulations by the United States Environmental Protection                                   
03 Agency and legislation prohibiting the United States Environmental Protection Agency                                    
04 from regulating greenhouse gas emissions; and requesting that the federal government                                    
05 prepare a report on the effects of proposed regulatory activity by the United States                                    
06 Environmental Protection Agency relating to air quality.                                                                
07 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA:                                                               
08       WHEREAS the United States Environmental Protection Agency has proposed or is                                    
09 proposing numerous regulations relating to air quality and regulation of greenhouse gases,                              
10 which are likely to have major effects on the state's economy, jobs, and competitiveness in                             
11 world markets; and                                                                                                      
12       WHEREAS regulatory activity by the United States Environmental Protection                                       
13 Agency regarding air quality has been called a "train wreck" because of the potential for both                          
14 numerous overlapping requirements and devastating economic consequences; and                                            
01       WHEREAS cap and trade legislation failed in the United States Congress, and the                                 
02 Alaska State Legislature is concerned that the United States Environmental Protection Agency                            
03 will attempt to achieve through regulation what the United States Congress did not see fit to                           
04 pass; and                                                                                                               
05       WHEREAS the regulatory burden currently imposed by the United States                                            
06 Environmental Protection Agency is already driving jobs and industry out of the United                                  
07 States; and                                                                                                             
08       WHEREAS no entity in the federal executive branch has undertaken a comprehensive                                
09 study to determine the cumulative effects of additional regulatory activity on the nation's                             
10 economy, jobs, or competitiveness in world markets; and                                                                 
11       WHEREAS the United States Environmental Protection Agency has not conducted a                                   
12 comprehensive study of the benefits to the global climate that may result from the regulation                           
13 of greenhouse gases; and                                                                                                
14       WHEREAS state agencies are routinely required to identify and justify the costs and                             
15 benefits of state regulations; and                                                                                      
16       WHEREAS, because the United States Environmental Protection Agency has                                          
17 identified "taking action on climate change and improving air quality" as its first strategic                           
18 goal for the period 2011 - 2015, the agency should be required to identify the specific actions                         
19 it intends to take to achieve that goal and to identify and justify the cost of regulatory actions                      
20 to be taken in pursuit of that goal; and                                                                                
21       WHEREAS, at the present time, the primary goal of state and federal government                                  
22 should be to promote the nation's economic recovery and to foster a stable and predictable                              
23 business environment that will create jobs; and                                                                         
24       WHEREAS the public health and welfare will suffer without economic improvement                                
25 and the creation of new jobs because employed persons are better able to care for themselves                            
26 and their families than are unemployed persons, and because long-term environmental                                     
27 protection, including that of the nation's air quality, is possible only in a society that generates                    
28 wealth; and                                                                                                             
29       WHEREAS the Arctic region of the state contains oil accumulations of an estimated                               
30 30,000,000,000 barrels, representing one and one-half times the total oil reserves in the                               
31 United States and more than 22 percent of the estimated oil resources remaining in all other                            
01 areas of the United States; and                                                                                         
02       WHEREAS the Arctic region of the state contains an estimated 6,000,000,000 barrels                              
03 of natural gas liquids and 220 trillion cubic feet of natural gas; and                                                  
04       WHEREAS development of the oil and gas resources of the outer continental shelf                                 
05 area of the Beaufort and Chukchi seas would create an approximate average of 55,000 jobs in                             
06 the United States for at least 50 years, with $145,000,000,000 in payroll compensation, and                             
07 would generate more than $190,000,000,000 of additional revenue for the state and federal                               
08 governments; and                                                                                                        
09       WHEREAS the United States Environmental Protection Agency has been unable to                                    
10 issue a single usable air permit to allow for exploratory drilling on the state's outer continental                     
11 shelf and, as a result, has stopped all exploration for new domestic energy on the state's outer                        
12 continental shelf; and                                                                                                  
13       WHEREAS the United States Environmental Protection Agency's inability over the                                  
14 past 50 years to draft a workable air permit has had significant negative effects on the state                          
15 and national economies, creation of jobs, and competitiveness in world markets at a time                                
16 when the state and nation urgently need jobs to be created and new sources of domestic                                  
17 energy to be developed;                                                                                                 
18       BE IT RESOLVED that, while the Alaska State Legislature supports continuing                                     
19 efforts to improve the nation's air quality, the legislature believes that improvement in air                           
20 quality can be made without damaging the nation's economy; and be it                                                    
21       FURTHER RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature calls on the United States                                   
22 Congress to pass legislation prohibiting the United States Environmental Protection Agency                              
23 from regulating greenhouse gas emissions, including, if necessary, legislation to withdraw                              
24 funding from greenhouse gas regulatory activities by the United States Environmental                                    
25 Protection Agency; and be it                                                                                            
26       FURTHER RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature urges the United States                                      
27 Congress to pass legislation imposing a two-year moratorium on the issuance of new air                                  
28 quality regulations by the United States Environmental Protection Agency, except as may be                              
29 necessary to address an imminent health or environmental emergency; and be it                                           
30       FURTHER RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature requests that the federal                                    
31 government undertake a study that                                                                                       
01            (1)  identifies all regulatory activity that the United States Environmental                                 
02 Protection Agency intends to undertake in furtherance of the agency's goal of "taking action                            
03 on climate change and improving air quality";                                                                           
04            (2)  identifies the cumulative effects of proposed regulations on the economy,                               
05 jobs, and national economic competitiveness in world markets;                                                           
06            (3)  involves a multi-agency effort that draws on the expertise of the United                                
07 States Environmental Protection Agency and other federal agencies and departments; and                                  
08            (4)  provides an objective cost-benefit analysis of the United States                                        
09 Environmental Protection Agency's existing and planned regulations relating to air quality.                             
10       COPIES of this resolution shall be sent to the Honorable Barack Obama, President of                             
11 the United States; the Honorable Joseph R. Biden, Jr., Vice-President of the United States and                          
12 President of the U.S. Senate; the Honorable Lisa P. Jackson, Administrator of the U.S.                                  
13 Environmental Protection Agency; the Honorable Harry Reid, Majority Leader of the U.S.                                  
14 Senate; the Honorable Mitch McConnell, Minority Leader of the U.S. Senate; the Honorable                                
15 John Boehner, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives; the Honorable Nancy Pelosi,                                 
16 Minority Leader of the U.S. House of Representatives; the Honorable Lisa Murkowski and                                  
17 the Honorable Mark Begich, U.S. Senators, and the Honorable Don Young, U.S.                                             
18 Representative, members of the Alaska delegation in Congress; and the presiding officers of                             
19 the legislatures of each of the other 49 states.