Blunt, Long Rip EPA Plans to Reduce Greenhouse Gases

Posted on June 3, 2014 17:45 pm CDT

by Scott Harvey

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Missouri’s Republican congressmen are slamming President Barack Obama and new federal regulations from the Environmental Protection Agency to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

U. S. Sen. Roy Blunt, in astatement Monday, called the regulations for coal-fired power plants “job-destroying,” noting that Missouri relies on coal for more than 80 percent of the state’s electricity needs. 

“There’s no doubt the president’s energy policies will destroy jobs and hurt the very people who can’t afford to pay more at the pump or to heat and cool their homes,” said Blunt.

Blunt added that will fight the President every step of the way on this “unprecedented power grab.”

The draft proposal from the EPA aims to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from power plants by 30 percent by 2030 – compared to 2005 levels. The rules aren’t expected to become final until at least 2015, but could be delayed by legal fights. It would set guidelines that states could choose how to follow. The EPA has provided a document with suggested building blocks on how states can set goals to reduce emissions.

"Climate change, fueled by carbon pollution, supercharges risks to our health, our economy, and our way of life,” stated EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy Monday. “EPA is delivering on a vital piece of President Obama's Climate Action Plan by proposing a Clean Power Plan that will cut harmful carbon pollution from our largest source--power plants.”

The E.P.A. estimates that the rule will cost $7.3 billion to $8.8 billion annually, but economic benefits could reach $93 billion over the life of the rule.

Sen. Blunt counters that the costs of such regulations could reach $50 billion each year, citing a recent study by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The study also cites significant increases in electricity costs for consumers.

Billy Long, of Missouri’s 7th Congressional District, said President Obama is now “attacking the country’s largest source of electricity” after failing to get his cap-and-trade proposal through Congress.

“Coal is one of America’s most abundant and affordable sources of energy,” Long said. “Right now Americans are suffering from this bad economy.  Despite this, the EPA is pressing forward with regulations that will increase the costs of every American’s electric bill.”

The EPA will accept comments from the public before issuing a final rule.



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