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Sessions Comments On Admin’s New Anti-Worker Coal Regulations
Friday, September 20, 2013
WASHINGTON—U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), a senior member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, issued the following statement today after the EPA announced a proposed regulation aimed at blocking the construction of any new coal-fired power plants in the United States:
“Today’s EPA announcement is deeply troubling. From day one, this Administration has been focused on favoring financially uncertain, politically-connected green energy firms and hammering other less expensive sources of American energy, like coal, nuclear, and natural gas. They have wasted billions of taxpayer dollars on failed experiments like Solyndra, while adding layer upon layer of costly, burdensome and unwarranted bureaucracy on the basic energy sources that help power our economy. Today's EPA announcement shows that they are full steam ahead on their extreme agenda.
At a time when we should be focused on helping American workers, making America more competitive in the global economy, and solving our debt crisis, this Administration is focused on restricting American energy sources and driving up prices.
Let there be no mistake: this EPA rule is not about air pollution. It is focused only on carbon dioxide, exhaled by every breathing creature, which is not harmful to humans and which is essential to plant life. And while the stated purpose of today's EPA action is to reduce carbon dioxide emissions in America in order to prevent global warming, the actual data shows that global temperatures have not measurably increased since 1998, and far less than predicted. As importantly, this EPA action will have no real impact on the earth's temperature—something EPA Administrator McCarthy has even conceded—but will absolutely drive up the cost of electricity for Americans. This means lower wages and lost jobs.”
According to EPA, “under President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, EPA is proposing carbon pollution standards for new power plants built in the future, and is engaging with states, stakeholders, and the public to establish carbon pollution guidelines for existing power plants.” In today’s proposal, EPA explains that it plans to set new carbon dioxide emissions standards for both coal-fired and natural gas-fired power plants. Information about submitting comments to EPA on this new proposal is available here
Other recent actions by Sen. Sessions regarding overreach by EPA and this Administration’s failed energy policies:
Senator Sessions joined 46 other members of the Senate in voting
to reduce the Administration’s budget authority to prohibit EPA regulation of greenhouse gas emissions for the purpose of addressing climate change.
Sessions, EPW Colleagues Renew Demand For Actual EPA Data On Global Temperatures (link
Sen. Sessions speaks on Senate floor about EPA overreach (video
Sessions Remarks On EPA Nominee, Raises Concerns Over Responsiveness (link
Vitter, Sessions Question EPA ‘Sue and Settle’ Deal with Sierra Club (link
Sessions, Colleagues Tell Secretary of State, ‘No More Delay on Keystone Pipeline’ (link
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