Lawmakers Concerned about new NSPS Rule

Lawmakers across America recognize that we, as a society, consume a lot of electricity. To meet these needs, we need a diverse portfolio of energy sources including coal, natural gas, nuclear and renewables. It is this diversity in fuel sources that keeps our electricity costs low and our reliability and stability high. A proposed rule from the EPA would effectively eliminate coal from this equation, thereby making our energy sources less diverse which could have a dramatic impact on cost, supply and reliability. These lawmakers are concerned about the impact of the EPA’s new greenhouse gas rules. If implemented as is, these “new source performance standards” would force power plants to abandon coal as a fuel source by setting the regulatory bar so low, that even a brand new, state-of-the-art facility would not be able to meet the air quality requirements. The net result of this proposed rule will be higher costs for consumers, jeopardized reliability and an abandonment of the one source of electricity that built this nation. Please join these lawmakers by calling on the President to intervene to amend the proposed “new source performance standard” to ensure that we maintain our diverse portfolio of energy sources.

Governor_John_KasichOhio Governor John Kasich
“Access to reliable, abundant, and low-cost electricity is critical to Ohio’s economy. For that reason , we have pursued an ‘all fuels’ approach, which includes coal, natural gas, hydro, energy efficiency, and renewables. Unfortunately, the final plan appears to move away from such a balanced plan, which has served our state’s economy well…”

See the letter»
August 28, 2015

Gov. Matt MeadWyoming Governor Matt Mead
“The Clean Power Plan is scientifically flawed and if implemented will not achieve minimum reductions. It is in fact damaging – not just to Wyoming, but the nation.  I will continue to fight regulations that are fundamentally bad for Wyoming and exceed the regulatory authority of the federal government.”

See the statement»
August 3, 2015

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant

Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant
“The flaws inherent in EPA’s proposal make the development of responsible SIPs unworkable for states, including Mississippi. Many of our concerns with the proposal stem from EPA’s decision to proceed without considering or understanding Mississippi’s energy markets and infrastructure needs.”

Read the letter»
July 23, 2015.

Gov. Mike PenceIndiana Governor Mike Pence 
“We do have a choice,” Pence said. “You can refuse to submit a state plan. You can challenge the EPA’s ability to impose a federal plan. There’s nothing illegal about saying ‘no’ on behalf of rate payers and businesses in your state.”

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July 9, 2015.

WalkerWisconsin Governor Scott Walker
“Absent significant and meaningful change in the final rule, it is difficult to envision how Wisconsin can responsibly construct a state plan that can comply with the requirements of the Clean Power Plan without ignoring our responsibility to ensure safe, affordable and reliable electricity for the people of Wisconsin.”

Read the letter»
May 21, 2015

AbbottTexas Governor Greg Abbott

“The EPA’s latest attempt at imposing burdensome regulations represents an unprecedented meddling with Texas in order to push the Obama Administration’s liberal climate change agenda. The EPA’s newest suite of rules, led by the Clean Power Plan, seeks unprecedented control over the State’s energy mix that will certainly result in higher energy prices for Texans and will threaten the reliability of Texas’ electric grid,” said Governor Abbott in a meeting with Sen. McConnel, Sen. Cornyn and Sen Cruz to discuss Texas’ response to EPA overreach. 

See the release»
May 7, 2015

Mary_Fallin_official_110th_Congress_photoOklahoma Governor Mary Fallin
“As Governor, I will not submit a Section 111(d) SIP to ensure Oklahoma’s compliance with such a clear overreach of federal authority,” writes Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin in an Executive Order prohibiting OK’s Department of Environmental Quality from developing a State Implementation Plan (SIP) for the EPA’s Clean Power Plan.

Read the Executive Order»
April 28, 2015


Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt
“No state should comply with the Clean Power Plan if it means surrendering decision-making authority to the EPA, a power that has not been granted to the agency,” said Pruitt before the Senate Environmental and Public Works Subcommittee on Clean Air and Nuclear Safety hearing titled “Legal Implications of the Clean Power Plan.”

Read the testimony»
May 6, 2015


18 Attorneys General
“Considering all of the  grounds  upon  which  this  rule  is  likely  to  be  overturned,  and  because  the  rulemaking threatens the citizens of the States, we as the chief legal officers of the States are notifying your agency that this Proposed Rule has expired.  It must therefore be withdrawn.”

Attorneys General letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy»
March 25, 2015

AsaHutchinsonArkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson (R)
One objection is the increased costs Arkansas and Arkansas’s manufacturing can expect to face if the proposed plan is implemented. Arkansas’s electric power generation comes from multiple sources, but coal powered plants constitute a major source of Arkansas’s electrical power. This means that additional mandates, including the 111(d) proposal, that close coal powered plants or increase the costs of generating power from coal will cause an increase in costs for Arkansas’s residents and manufacturers. Such increases will negatively affect the economic growth and well-being of Arkansans.

Read the letter»
Dec 1, 2014

Gov. Mike PenceIndiana Governor Pence (R)
“…it is just astounding to me, the efforts of this administration, to use executive authority through the EPA.  And I’m going to be calling on members of Congress to restrain that.”

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Nov 13, 2014.


Kansas Corporation Commission 
“In its proposed Clean Power Plan, the EPA has inserted itself into a regulatory field occupied by the states for decades in which the states have proven expertise in public utility ratemaking and in understanding the complexity of the electric grid and electric reliability.”

E&E News – EnergyWire »
October 31, 2014


Georgia Public Service Commission Chairman Chuck Eaton
“It’s taking away our flexibility to choose the lowest-cost option, economic dispatch, and force us to using certain options that may be a lower cost one year and could be the highest cost the next year.”

E&E News – EnergyWire »
October 21, 2014

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15 Governors

“Our country needs a coherent, consistent energy policy that promotes reliable and affordable energy in addition to a healthy environment. However, we cannot achieve this end without a sincere partnership between the states and the federal government, whereby EPA appropriately recognizes the limits of federal authority.”

Governors’ letter to President Obama »
September 9, 2014


Alabama Governor Robert Bentley
“We’re concerned about the cost of energy for individuals in the state of Alabama, particularly seniors, and we’re also concerned about job reduction,” said Gov. Bentley. “What they couldn’t do with legislation, they’re trying to do with regulation. We’re going to continue to push back on the federal government.”

Quoted in Yellowhammer News»
October 7, 2014

Governor BranstadIowa Governor Terry Branstad
Comments from the office of Iowa Governor Terry Branstad on the EPA’s clean power plan: “[an] ill-advised proposed rule [that] would threaten Iowa jobs and drive costs up for Iowa consumers.”

Quoted by The Des Moines Register »
September 24, 2014

13 State Attorneys General
“Section 307(d) of the CAA imposes certain mandatory requirements for all proposed rules, which reflect Congress’s judgment that information on which a proposed rule is based must be made available to the public at the time of proposal to ensure meaningful comment and sound rulemaking… In the Existing Source Rule and the Modified Sources Rule, EPA has repeatedly violated Section 307’s unambiguous requirements.”

Attorneys General Letter to McCarthy »
August 25, 2014

WalkerWisconsin Governor Scott Walker (R)
“In Wisconsin, we have serious concerns with cost, reliability and timing – as well as other technical matters. Since so many states are taking innovative steps on their own, I strongly urge you to reconsider and reevaluate the approach the EPA is taking to better address the adverse economic impacts this rule would have on individuals and employers in states like mine all across the country. ”

Read the letter»
August 6, 2014

Kentucky Attorney General Jack ConwayKentucky Attorney General Jack Conway
“I am deeply concerned about the EPA’s lack of transparency in this rulemaking, which is highly unusual if not unprecedented. Stakeholders in Kentucky, including the utility ratepayers I represent, have the right to a transparent and ultimately sound rulemaking.”

Conway Letter to McCarthy »
August 25, 2014

NLGA LogoNational Lieutenant Governors Association
“Now therefore be it resolved: That the NLGA continues to assert, and works to preserve, the rights and powers of the states, including the sovereign right of each state to determine the appropriate mix of energy resources to meet its electricity needs; and Be it further resolved, that EPA should adopt policies that do not conflict with the responsibility of each state to provide affordable and reliable supplies of electricity for its citizens; and Be it further resolved, that the timetable for implementing the Clean Power Plan should be delayed to allow adequate time for planning and implementation without jeopardizing access to affordable and reliable electricity supplies.”

NLGA Resolution »
August, 2014

Texas PUCT Chairman Donna NelsonTexas PUCT Chairman Donna Nelson
“We purposefully set the market up so Texas would have authority over its wholesale market, and this would completely take over our authority… by driving investment decisions in the market.”

Quoted in SNL Energy »
August 19, 2014

US Flag15 Governors
“Our country needs a coherent, consistent energy policy that promotes reliable and affordable energy in addition to a healthy environment. However, we cannot achieve this end without a sincere partnership between the states and the federal government, whereby EPA appropriately recognizes the limits of federal authority.”

Governors Letter to McCarthy »
September 9, 2014

Montana Public Service Commissioner Travis KavullaMontana Public Service Commissioner Travis Kavulla
“…The EPA essentially ignores the details of a state’s situation, and instead applies a cookie-cutter formula that uses sweeping regional or national assumptions about the degree to which each individual Building Block is achievable. The result is that any given state goal is predicated on a so-called Best System of Emission Reduction that ignores the realities of commercial relationships, the way in which generators are dispatched, the footprint of regional markets, the status of individual power plants, the robustness of the electric and natural gas transmission system, and potential energy efficiency savings on the ground.”

Kavulla Testimony »
September 9, 2014

Gov. Mike PenceIndiana Governor Pence (R)
“As a state that relies heavily on coal-burning power plants, these proposed regulations will be devastating for Hoosier workers and families. They will cost us in higher electricity rates, in lost jobs, and in lost business growth due to a lack of affordable, reliable electricity. Indiana will oppose these regulations using every means available… The president’s plan today will dramatically raise electricity rates in a way that will be passed onto consumers in the form of higher bills. A typical household could lose $3,400 in disposable income… Raising the cost of electricity through these proposed EPA regulations will slow manufacturing and hurt Hoosiers across our economy.”

Pence Press Release »
June 2, 2014

Earl Ray TomblinWest Virginia Governor Tomblin (D)
“The proposals unveiled today fall far short of the balance that must exist if West Virginia is to continue to grow and prosper… If these rules are put into place, there is no question that electricity rates will skyrocket. It means our manufacturers may again be forced to look overseas for more reasonable rates taking good paying jobs with them to countries that are not allowing un-elected bureaucrats to determine what kind of power people use.”

Tomblin Press Release
June 2, 2014

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey (R)
“Like so many of the EPA’s actions, this regulation strikes at the heart of a very reliable and affordable source of American energy — coal. This proposal is a direct assault on existing coal-fired power plants and the hard-working West Virginians who mine the coal that keeps these plants online. It also shows that President Obama has a callous disregard for the poverty plaguing West Virginia and our country.”

Quoted in The Logan Banner
June 3, 2014

“In light of the profound legal infirmities with the Proposed Rule, EPA’s unprecedented policy will not survive judicial review. As such, it would be contrary to the public interest to proceed with publication in the Federal Register. Failure to withdraw the Proposed Rule will only cause citizens, States, industry, and environmental groups to waste valuable resources analyzing and commenting on a futile endeavor. Moreover, given the short timeframe for compliance with the Rule’s objectives, many of these parties will be required to incur significant and unnecessary costs. This will trigger unwarranted market responses and economic dislocation from coerced reduction of the use of coal as parties struggle to meet the anticipated requirements. This is unacceptable. No matter how fervent the desire by some to advance the policies underlying these regulations, EPA cannot-and should not–do so at the expense of the rule of law.”

Morrisey Letter to McCarthy
June 6, 2014

Gov. Matt MeadWyoming Governor Matt Mead (R)
“Wyoming is the leading coal producer in the nation, coal produces approximately 85% of our power and we export electricity to many other states. We are proud of that and of the coal mines and coal miners that make that happen. Coal, clean air, water, and a robust economy are all parts of our future, as they are parts of our present. Wyoming is proof that this balance is achievable. The federal government does not have the same track record and should follow Wyoming’s success and leadership on energy in all ways, but especially when proposing rules and regulations.”

Mead Press Release
June 2, 2014

Portrait Profile PicOhio Senator Rob Portman (R)
“This commonsense amendment returns power to the states by ensuring they can make their own decisions when determining if a federal regulation will negatively impact their electricity prices and economy,” said Sen. Rob Portman after offering an amendment to the Senate Budget Resolution that would establish a reserve fund for legislation to give any state the option to opt-out of greenhouse gas regulations from the EPA if the state determines the regulations would increase retail electricity prices, threaten electricity reliability, or have a negative impact on the state’s economy.

Read the amendment»
Mar 24. 2015

220px-SenatorRogerWicker(R-MS)Mississippi Senator Roger Wicker (R)

“I would simply observe that the Supreme Court has a legalistic view of this, but we have policy decisions to make,” Wicker responded. It may be that U.S. and international efforts will “prevent sea level from rising a quarter of an inch. I might decide that it’s not worth it for a 177 percent increase in electric prices for my state.”

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Mar 4, 2015

ThuneSouth Dakota Senator John Thune (R)
“The president’s proposed regulation is a national, backdoor energy tax that will slam South Dakota rate payers—especially low-income families and seniors living on fixed incomes. Affordable and reliable energy provides essential comforts for families across the country this winter and powers American industries to build a stronger economy. Yet the EPA’s proposal will make electricity rates skyrocket and stifle economic growth. I continue to urge Administrator McCarthy to reconsider.”

Read the letter»
Jan 6, 2015

Senator Mitch McConnellSenate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY)
“By imposing these draconian new rules on the nation’s coal industry, President Obama and every other liberal lawmaker in Washington who quietly supports them is also picking regional favorites, helping their political supporters in states like California and New York while inflicting acute pain on states like Kentucky. The impact on individuals and families and entire regions of the country will be catastrophic as a proud domestic industry is decimated — and many of its jobs shipped overseas. Those who don’t lose jobs to foreign competitors will see higher utility costs and other living expenses at a moment they can least afford it. In short, the downstream effects of today’s announcement will be staggering for millions. Another tragedy in today’s announcement is that for all the pain this new rule will inflict on ordinary Americans, there is no clear benefit. These new rules will cheer the far-left patrons of Washington liberals, but there is simply no question that our competitors around the world will eagerly replace whatever industry we lose as a result of these new rules. The notion that these competitors will follow our lead is pure and utter fantasy. The sad truth is that the only thing America will lead in if these rules go into effect is the unilateral dismantling of our own economic supremacy and the self-imposed destruction of one of our nation’s main competitive advantages in the global economy.”

McConnell Press Release »
June 2, 2014

Sen. John Barrasso Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY)
“We need to make energy as clean as we can, as fast as we can, while also growing our economy. Instead of finding the right balance between these important goals, the President’s extreme plan will shut down coal plants across America and cause energy bills to skyrocket. The costs are real, the benefits are theoretical. Rather than making our environment cleaner, the President’s plan weakens our economy and puts America at a competitive disadvantage to China and Russia… These regulations will force many hardworking Americans to lose their jobs. After millions of Americans have already given up looking for work and are struggling to pay their bills, these costly regulations are the last thing we need.”

Barrasso Press Release »
June 2, 2014

Sen. Dan Coats Sen. Dan Coats (R-IN)
“Yet again, President Obama is trying to circumvent Congress to implement policies that the elected representatives of the American people have rejected. The EPA’s proposed rules amount to a backdoor energy tax that will damage Indiana’s economy and hike electric bills for all Hoosiers. To date, the utility industry has spent tens of billions in capital investment for air pollution controls resulting in significant declines in emissions. Our state is highly reliant on coal power plants, which provide Hoosiers with good jobs and some of the most affordable, reliable electricity in the nation. By supporting these regulations, the president is putting our economic well-being, grid reliability and American jobs at risk.”

Coats Press Release »
June 2, 2014.

“…the EPA proposal will place a chokehold on Indiana’s primary and most affordable energy source… Yet again, President Obama is trying to circumvent Congress to implement policies that the elected representatives of the American people do not support. A Democrat-controlled Senate refused to even consider a similar proposal in 2010, and the EPA’s proposed regulations would have even less support in Congress today.”

Coats Op-Ed »
June 23, 2014.

Sen. Joe Donnelly Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-IN)
“We need to make energy as clean as we can, as fast as we can, while also growing our economy. Instead of finding the right balance between these important goals, the President’s extreme plan will shut down coal plants across America and cause energy bills to skyrocket. The costs are real, the benefits are theoretical. Rather than making our environment cleaner, the President’s plan weakens our economy and puts America at a competitive disadvantage to China and Russia… These regulations will force many hardworking Americans to lose their jobs. After millions of Americans have already given up looking for work and are struggling to pay their bills, these costly regulations are the last thing we need.”
Quoted in The Courier-Journal »
June 2, 2014

Sen. Mike Enzi Sen. Mike Enzi (R-WY)
“It’s no secret that President Obama is not a fan of coal or traditional forms of energy… People will pay more for electricity and the economy will suffer so the president can increase his popularity with people who already favor his policies… When you try and put coal out of business, you’re not just targeting the economy, you’re targeting consumers. They’re the ones who are left paying the higher energy bills when all the abundant and affordable energy is off-limits thanks to misplaced priorities. It’s essentially an energy tax. The last thing we should be doing in this economy when so many Americans are out of work is make the bare essentials more expensive.” Enzi Press Release »
June 2, 2014

Sen. Deb Fischer Sen. Deb Fischer (R-NE)
“While these extreme regulations will have little discernible impact on global emission levels, they will have an enormously negative impact on families here at home… Unfortunately, the president has sided with the interests of a billionaire environmentalist, ignoring the pocketbook concerns of middle class families.”

Fischer Press Release »
June 2, 2014

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND)
“Today, coal produces 40 percent of the electricity in the U.S., and nearly 80 percent of the electricity in North Dakota… We need policies that support coal — defending jobs, keeping energy costs low, and maintaining reliability in our electric grid — and that also help develop technology that is not yet widely available to reduce emissions. We need a true all-of-the-above energy strategy – which the Administration claims to support – and it has to have a place for coal in our energy mix in the present and future. After working in the energy field in North Dakota for more than a decade before joining the Senate, I fully understand the importance of clean coal technology. And I also understand that we need real, workable solutions to find a viable path forward for coal. That’s why I introduced legislation in March to incentivize utilities to develop clean coal technology to reduce the footprint of coal companies while also making sure this reliable and redundant energy source continues into the future. But this technology won’t be developed overnight or available for use tomorrow or even next year.”

Heitkamp Press Release »
June 2, 2014

Sen. Jim Inhofe Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK)
“This rule is all about pushing a green agenda that has been dreamed up by the environmentalist community for decades. The president is their man, and the American people are their victims.”

Inhofe Press Release »
June 2, 2014

Sen. Joe Manchin Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV)
“The proposed EPA rule does little to address the global problem with global solutions… Today’s rule appears to be more about desirability rather than reliability or feasibility, with little regard for rising consumer prices, the effects on jobs and the impact on the reliability of our electric grid… Fossil fuel energy is vital to our nation’s economy and security. It will be a resource that our country depends on as we move forward – the EIA estimates that around 80 percent of our electricity will still come from fossil fuels more than twenty years from now. We must lead the world toward the time when fossil fuels burn cleaner until they can eventually provide minimal or no emissions at all. The world consumes more than 8 billion tons of coal per year, while the U.S. and Europe each burn less than one billion tons per year. The U.S. has already been a leader in proving to the world that we can produce coal cleaner today. Utilities and their providers have already reduced carbon emissions by 23 percent compared to 2005 levels, and are projected to reduce carbon emissions by an additional 15 percent by 2020. With the right policies and the right coordination between the public and private sectors, we can go much further.”

Manchin Press Release »
June 2, 2014

Sen. Lia Murkowski Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)
“Despite negative economic growth last quarter, and despite far better approaches pending in Congress to promote energy efficiency and energy innovation, the president has decided to push ahead and propose a sweeping new regulation on our still-weak economy.”

Murkowski Press Release »
June 2, 2014

Sen. Rand Paul Senator Rand Paul (R-KY)
“This latest assault on our economy by President Obama will destroy jobs here in Kentucky and across the country, and will hurt middle class families by hiking their utility bills and straining their budgets.”

Paul Press Release »
June 2, 2014

Sen. Rob Portman Portman Press Release
“Today’s proposed rule by President Obama to cap carbon emissions at existing U.S. power plants is complex and costly, and will result in job loss and higher electricity costs for consumers. In many ways, it mirrors cap and trade proposals rejected by Congress. The proposed rules must be carefully scrutinized so we can understand how it will impact the reliability and security of our nation’s electric grid. EPA regulations have already had an impact on electricity generation in Ohio. In fact, companies have already announced that 41 electric generating units in Ohio will retire or convert to another fuel source by 2015…Rather than unilaterally establishing burdensome regulations on the backs of Ohio’s coal miners and electricity consumers, the President should work with Congress to promote a consensus based energy plan that utilizes all of the abundant domestic resources at our disposal — including cleaner burning of coal, natural gas, nuclear, energy efficiency, and renewable resources — to lower energy costs and ensure we have access to reliable, affordable, and cleaner domestic energy.”

Paul Press Release »
June 2, 2014

Sen. Pat Toomey Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA)
“Coal is a domestically sourced, low-cost form of energy which helps sustain jobs for Pennsylvania and beyond. Over the decades, coal-fired plants also have gone to impressive lengths to reduce emissions. Nevertheless, the Obama administration continues to implement policies that will make energy more expensive for hard-working Pennsylvanians while destroying good, family-sustaining jobs. This new policy is more of the same old bad ideas we have heard for six years. From making coal-fired electricity prohibitively expensive; to forcing taxpayers to subsidize inefficient energy; to burning more corn in gas tanks, the President continues to advocate policies that raise prices for consumers and eliminate jobs.” (Source)

Toomey Press Release »
June 2, 2014

Rep. Lou BarlettaRep. Lou Barletta (R-PA-11)
“This is nothing more than imposing the expensive and job-killing cap-and-trade legislation on consumers through the back door since Congress has killed it repeatedly. It’s a terrible deal for Pennsylvania, where our coal industry supports 36,000 jobs and supplies electricity to millions of residents. Pennsylvania has already seen marked improvement in its air quality since 2003. If existing power plants are even able to comply, the costs will be substantial and will necessarily increase the prices customers pay. Dramatic hikes in the cost of electricity will mostly hurt people who can least afford it, including senior citizens living on fixed incomes.”

Barletta Press Release
June 2, 2014.

Rep. Andy BarrRep. Andy Barr (R-KY-06)
“The Obama Administration has doubled down on its war on Kentucky coal jobs and coal families… If finalized, this rule will severely compromise American competitiveness by removing the most reliable, abundant, and affordable source of electricity from America’s energy mix, resulting in an annual cost to the American economy of $50 billion.”

Barr Statement received from Bill Bissett
June 4, 2014

Rep. Joe BartonRep. Joe Barton (R-TX-06)
President Obama is one step closer to his goal to raise electricity rates and punish states like Texas, where manufacturing and energy production provide millions of jobs and a high quality of life. I stand with the 28 Members of Texas Congressional Delegation who joined me in opposition to the President’s plan because it will unnecessarily raise the cost of electricity and provide little, if any, environmental benefit.

Barton Press Release
June 3, 2014

Rep. Sanford BishopRep. Sanford Bishop (D-GA-02)
“For the most part, these new policies will have a relatively light impact on President Obama and others with significant wealth. However, we know that today’s decision will likely raise the prices of energy, which will have a devastating impact on the lives of most hard-working Americans who already struggle to afford their energy bills. Imposing new laws and regulations on the country whether the American people want them or not is not how the President of the United States ought to govern this nation.”

Included in Western Caucus Press Release
June 2, 2014

Rep. Marsha BlackburnRep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN-07)
“The EPA’s proposed rule regulating greenhouse gas emissions from existing fossil fuel-fired power plants continues the Obama Administration’s war on coal and will turn out the lights on American job creators. This rule is another tax on the American taxpayers and will lead to higher electricity rates and fees. According to the Chamber of Commerce, the proposed rule will result in the loss of hundreds of thousands of jobs, lower disposable household income by $586 billion, and increase electricity costs by over $289 billion.”

Blackburn Press Release
June 2, 2014

Rep. Larry BucshonRep. Larry Bucshon (R-IN-08)
“What we’ve seen over the past few years under President Obama’s EPA is a complete disregard of science and a focus on pushing a purely ideological agenda at any expense. Today’s announcement is yet another notch in the President’s belt to achieve his 2008 promise that electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket for hardworking Americans. More than any other state, this promise and new proposed rules have the potential to astronomically impact Indiana, our economy, and those struggling everyday to make ends meet. Every Hoosier coal mine is located in my district. A lot is at stake for our families. Studies have repeatedly shown that these proposals will have little impact on the environment in exchange for increased energy prices for families and businesses. By increasing energy prices and putting jobs at risk, these regulations erode our state’s competitiveness.”

Bucshon Press Release
June 2, 2014

Rep. Ken CalvertRep. Ken Calvert (R-CA-42)
“The president’s new energy tax is yet another attack on the household costs and wages of American workers. Rest assured, my colleagues and I will take appropriate actions to protect American families from even more economic pain.”

Calvert Statement to The Hill
June 2, 2014

Rep. Shelley Moore CapitoRep. Shelly Moore Capito (R-WV-02)
“President Obama has made it clear that he intends to use his executive powers to pick winners and losers, and the loser in today’s announcement is West Virginia… This rule threatens our state’s way of life and would irreparably damage our state’s economy. We need policies that allow coal to be part of a national all-of-the-above energy strategy to produce secure, affordable, abundant domestic energy.”

Capito Press Release
June 2, 2014

Rep. Bill CassidyRep. Bill Cassidy (R-LA-06)
“When will the president care as much for the American worker as he does about his notions of climate change? … The federal government should focus on creating jobs. Instead, President Obama is proposing regulations that hamstring the economy, raising utility costs for families and destroying tens of thousands of jobs.”

Cassidy Press Release
June 2, 2014

Rep. Kevin CramerRep. Kevin Cramer (R-ND-AL)
“The EPA has reached a new level of irresponsibility in its reckless pursuit of an extreme environmental agenda which pushes the average energy consumer off to the wayside… It is astonishing how out of touch the Obama Administration is with the American people, many of whom can’t afford to pay more than they already do for electricity.”

Cramer Press Release
June 2, 2014

Rep. Steve DainesRep. Steve Daines (R-MT-AL)
“Coal is vital to our way of life in Montana. It provides thousands of jobs, affordable electricity for families, and millions of dollars that fund our schools and parks. So when Montanans hear about new coal regulations from the EPA, we get a bit nervous.”

Daines Floor Statement
May 29, 2014

“President Obama’s latest job-killing regulations are just another step in this administration’s war on coal that kills Montana jobs and hurts Montana families. President Obama’s policies completely disregard the hardworking Montana families who rely on the access to affordable energy and the thousands of good-paying union jobs that are created by our state’s energy industry. Montanans know firsthand the damage that results from these shortsighted policies – higher electricity bills, lost jobs, and lost opportunities. I will continue to stand with Montana families against the President’s job-killing agenda.”

Daines Press Release
June 2, 2014

Rep. Rodney DavisRep. Rodney Davis (R-IL-13)
“Just like the ruling on new power plants issued last fall, this announcement continues the administration’s war on coal and will result in fewer jobs right here in the 13th District and higher energy costs for all Illinois families. Creating an all-of-the-above approach energy policy shouldn’t include removing a low cost, reliable energy source like coal from the equation, because the same approach is being tried in countries like Germany and the results have been disastrous. This decision is short-sighted and another step down an extremely dangerous path for America’s energy future and independence.”

Davis Statement
June 2, 2014

Rep. John DingellRep. John Dingell (D-MI-12)
“Although I do not believe the Clean Air Act is intended, or is the most effective way, to regulate greenhouse gases, I nevertheless appreciate the need to take action to protect human health and the environment for the generations who come after us, especially in the absence of a Congress that is willing and able to work together on legislation to address this very real problem.”

Dingell Press Release
June 2, 2014

Rep. Bill EnyartRep. Bill Enyart (D-IL-12)
“Coal emissions are lower today than ever before, and companies right here in Southern Illinois are working every day to ensure safe, clean, affordable power is delivered to your home without interruption. The EPA and President Obama must understand that coal continues to be the single largest source for America’s electricity supply…I’ve spoken to coal operators and industry leaders, and it’s clear to me that the standards would make it virtually impossible to produce stable, reliable energy. With 40% of our electricity generated by coal, we can’t turn the lights out on America. We have abundant coal resources in Southern Illinois that can help power our nation for decades to come. And in these uncertain economic times, we must ensure that our nation’s energy supply is reliable and affordable as well as environmentally friendly. We simply cannot afford a massive spike in energy prices. Southern Illinois’ fixed income families cannot afford an increase in heating and air conditioning bills…Our local economies, and most importantly, our families simply cannot withstand the loss of good paying jobs in the region.”

Enyart Press Release
June 2, 2014

Rep. Paul GosarRep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ-04)
“The Obama Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) unnatural fixation with destroying the coal industry, killing jobs and driving up energy prices for consumers continued today with the issuance of a new proposed regulation to implement stringent coal regulations based on an obscure interpretation of a rarely used section of the Clean Air Act… Knowing he can’t lawfully enact a carbon-dioxide tax plan, Obama is unlawfully directing his EPA to impose strict limits by executive fiat in his pursuit to appease environmental extremists with his misguided climate action plan.”

Included in Western Caucus Press Release
June 2, 2014

Rep. Same GravesRep. Sam Graves (R-MO-06)
“Our region benefits greatly from coal-generated electricity, the cheapest and most readily available form of American energy. What we are witnessing is an out of control government and an Administration that will stop at nothing to achieve its ideological agenda. The Executive Branch needs to be more accountable to the people.”

Graves Statement
June 2, 2014

Rep. Morgan GriffithRep. Morgan Griffith (R-VA-09)
“After nations with emerging economies watch this Administration’s unreasonable regulations damage our economy, negatively impact our jobs and our access to reliable energy, and raise our electric rates, do you expect that these nations will ‘follow our lead?’ I am of the belief that these developing nations will promote their own country’s energy needs. They want what we have – prosperity – and this Administration’s policies are making it easier for them to take our jobs. A company choosing to open a facility in one of these countries – which do not have the environmental standards we currently have or had 10 years ago – will be able to more cheaply produce products. In doing so, they will damage the quality of the air for the world… We can have balanced, reasonable regulations, but this new proposal by the President is neither balanced nor reasonable.”

Griffith Press Release
June 2, 2014

Rep. Brett GuthrieRep. Brett Guthrie (R-KY-02)
“With jobs and the economy remaining the top concerns on the minds of Americans, issuing new burdensome regulations that will cost jobs due to billions of dollars in compliance costs – not to mention raising home and business energy costs significantly – is the last thing we need…Power plant emissions in this country are lower than they’ve ever been – 20 percent lower than they were in the 1970s. Touted as the answer to climate change, these new proposed rules will only reduce overall emissions by less than two percent and have the potential to cripple Kentucky’s economy.”

Guthrie Press Release
June 2, 2014

Rep. Richard HudsonRep. Richard Hudson (R-NC-08)
“The Obama Administration’s war on coal threatens over 800,000 jobs across the country and means higher energy costs for everyone. In North Carolina over the past year, nearly 38% of our electricity came from coal. Instead of the government trying to pick winners and losers to appeal to deep-pocketed environmental donors, the Administration should adopt a balanced, market-led approach that utilizes all of our resources to create a more abundant, affordable, and sustainable energy supply that will unlock the potential for a more prosperous America.”

Hudson Statement
June 2, 2014

Rep. Bill JohnsonRep. Bill Johnson (R-OH-6)
“Today, the EPA announced a de facto cap-and-trade plan that would have detrimental effects on the coal industry across Eastern and Southeastern Ohio, and the United States. Coal remains the country’s largest source of electricity, and the district I represent has six coal-fired power plants… In an economy mired by sluggish economic growth, the last thing hard-working taxpayers should be doing is paying higher electricity costs. I don’t know anyone who is against clean air, but the EPA has doled out one red-tape regulation after another, and enough is enough.”

Johnson Press Release
June 2, 2014

Rep. Mike KellyRep. Mike Kelly (R-PA-03)
“The war on coal is a war on Americans’ jobs and livelihoods. Yesterday, President Obama chose to continue his frontal attack on this vital U.S. energy sector. The decision cruelly and completely disregards the needs of workers, families, and seniors – in Western Pennsylvania and elsewhere – who will feel very real pain in their pocketbooks and electric bills as a result. As I said when these radical new regulations were first proposed, they are unfair, unworkable, and intolerable…In Pennsylvania alone, coal provides us with 40,000 direct and indirect jobs and 40 percent of our electric power. It heats our homes while keeping the lights on and energy prices low for our families, friends, and neighbors. For these reasons, this issue hits very close to home. Unlike President Obama, I’ve taken countless opportunities to meet with the engineers and miners who work hard to give us the benefits of this abundant, affordable, and accessible treasure right beneath our feet.

Kelly Press Release
June 3, 2014

Rep. Doug LambornRep. Doug Lamborn (R-CO-05)
“President Obama and the EPA seem determined to artificially increase the cost of energy and harm the pocketbooks of the American people. American’s deserve an all of the above energy plan that includes clean, cost-efficient coal.

Post on Lamborn’s Facebook Page
June 2, 2014

Rep. Bob LattaRep. Bob Latta (R-OH-05)
“The EPA’s latest billion-dollar regulation on existing power plants is an unprecedented regulatory intrusion with far reaching consequences for the American people… Coupled with the EPA’s new source regulations proposed last fall, the coal industry is on a path toward early extinction. This will be especially harmful in places like Ohio where 70 percent of our power comes from coal and we’ve already lost 41 units to early retirement or conversion as a result of previous regulations.”

Latta Press Release
June 2, 2014

Rep. Billy LongRep. Billy Long (R-MO-07)
“President Obama was unable to get his cap-and-trade proposal through Congress so now he and his EPA are proposing new rules attacking the country’s largest source of electricity. Coal is one of America’s most abundant and affordable sources of energy. 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.”

Long Statement
June 2, 2014

Rep. Blaine LuetkemeyerRep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-MO-03)
“These regulations will have a devastating impact on hard-working Missourians when you consider that 80 percent of our folks rely on coal for their energy needs. At a time when Missourians are paying more for virtually everything, it is unconscionable that the president would move forward with what amounts to a national energy tax. Unfortunately, this is a tragic case in which the president has actually kept his promise that ‘electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket.’ As a supporter of legislation previously passed by the House to prevent these rules from taking effect, I am calling on the president to ignore the politics behind these regulations and put our families before the liberal environmentalist lobby.”

Luetkemeyer Statement
June 2, 2014

“Americans are facing steepening costs of living thanks to stifling federal regulations… These latest rules designed to kill coal production will drive up the costs of electricity, jeopardize the reliability of the power grid, and kill jobs in Wyoming and nationwide.”

Included in Western Caucus Press Release
June 2, 2014

Rep. David McKinleyRep. David McKinley (R-WV-01)
“This narcissistic move will sacrifice our economy in pursuit of a radical solution… The Administration would have you believe this policy can only benefit America. Nothing is further from the truth. Hundreds of thousands of hardworking Americans will lose their jobs. Seniors on fixed incomes will be paying more for electricity. Manufacturers will move jobs off shore. States like West Virginia will bear the brunt of the impact and our economy will suffer. Who will benefit? It will be China, India, Germany, and the rest of the world’s countries who will continue to utilize affordable power from coal, and will soon surpass the carbon reduction America achieves. At the end of the day America will be weaker.”

McKinley Press Release
June 2, 2014

Rep. Kristi NoemRep. Kristi Noem (R-SD-AL)
“Nearly one third of our electricity in South Dakota comes from coal. Coal-fired power plants make it more affordable to heat our homes during the winter, cool them during the summer, and run the fans in grain bins during harvest. If prices skyrocket, as even the President has admitted they will do under strict regulations, our way of life will change. This is a pocketbook issue for South Dakota; it’s a pocketbook issue for our entire country.”

Noem Press Release
June 2, 2014

Rep. Steve PearceRep. Steve Pearce (R-NM-02)
“By mandating these regulations, the President is caving to radical special interest groups who do not have the best interests of the American people in mind. The proposed regulations will cost the economy billions of dollars and hundreds of thousands of good paying American jobs, but at best have a marginal impact on worldwide carbon emissions… The administration’s radical war on coal is nothing more than a war on the poor.”

Included in Western Caucus Press Release
June 2, 2014

Rep. Mike PompeoRep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS-04)
“The White House’s renewed efforts to push costly cap-and-trade restrictions on affordable energy will only hurt American families and their jobs… At a time of energy abundance, we have an opportunity to grow this economy.”

Pompeo Press Release
June 2, 2014

Rep. Nick RahallRep. Nick Rahall (D-WV-03)
“There is a right way and a wrong way of doing things, and the Obama Administration has got it wrong once again… This new regulation threatens our economy and does so with an apparent disregard for the livelihoods of our coal miners and thousands of families throughout West Virginia.”

Rahall Press Release
June 2, 2014

“This is an unprecedented use of the Clean Air Act to wage war on an entire industry. Rather than requiring individual plants to meet pollution control standards by installing pollution controls, EPA is now interpreting the law to give it the ability to set standards across fleets of coal-fired power plants, seeking to make reductions in a nebulous fashion. This is overt bootstrapping and makes this proposal even more attractive to legislate or litigate against.”

Rahall Press Release
June 2, 2014

Rep. Mike RogersRep. Mike Rogers (R-AL-03)
“Although I am not surprised, I am deeply concerned with this job-threatening proposal from the EPA… These proposals will increase electricity rates on all Alabama consumers, taking more money out of the wallets of hard-working Alabamians and forcing businesses to choose between jobs and paying for higher energy costs. The EPA’s new rule is bad news for our economy.”

Rogers (AL) Press Release
June 2, 2014

Rep. Keith RothfusRep. Keith Rothfus (R-PA-12)
“The regulations the Obama Administration announced today will raise energy prices, destroy family-sustaining American jobs, and reduce our nation’s competitiveness in the global marketplace. These regulations will benefit China, India, and other rising economic competitors at the expense of American workers like the hardworking men and women I talked with this morning as they were heading home after a long night’s work at the First Energy Bruce Mansfield Power Station in Beaver County.”

Rothfus Press Release
June 2, 2014

Rep. Steve ScaliseRep. Steve Scalise (R-LA-01)
“This Administration is trying to impose unachievable standards on our nation’s power plants that have no basis in reality. If allowed to go into effect, this rule will cost millions of Americans their jobs and cost the economy over $500 billion in lost economic activity.”

Scalise Press Release
June 2, 2014

Rep. John ShimkusRep. John Shimkus (R-IL-15)
“After failing to win support for a cap-and-trade program in Congress, the Obama Administration is now attempting to implement a similar scheme through EPA rulemaking. Without a doubt, this new front in the War on Coal will raise electricity rates – especially in the Midwest – and cost hundreds of thousands of good paying jobs nationwide. All for what though? EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy already conceded that it’s ‘unlikely’ any of EPA’s climate-related rules will have a meaningful impact on the agency’s own indicators of global climate change. In fact, even if President Obama could close every coal-fired power plant in America tomorrow, the effect on global emissions would be entirely offset by just a fraction of the proposed coal-fired plants being built overseas. This rule will be all pain and no gain for American energy consumers and job seekers.”

Shimkus Press Release
June 2, 2014

Rep. Lamar SmithRep. Lamar Smith (R-TX-21)
“The Obama administration should stop trying to scare Americans without scientific evidence to back up their claims… The President continues to push a radical environmental agenda that kills jobs in the U.S. and costs American families. These regulations mean more government control and less freedom for Americans.”

Smith Press Release
June 2, 2014

Rep. Steve StiversRep. Steve Stivers (R-OH-15)
“The new EPA rule will destroy hundreds of thousands of manufacturing jobs, force power plants to shut down and worse yet, cause already high electricity bills to skyrocket. A better course would be for the President to work with Congress to develop a comprehensive energy policy which includes a clean coal plan that uses our nation’s abundant coal reserves to generate low cost, reliable electricity with lower emissions – not policies that raise electricity costs and destroy jobs.”

Stivers Statement
June 2, 2014

Rep. Lee TerryRep. Lee Terry (R-NE-02)
“I would like to see the administration take a step back and provide a thoughtful study of the environmental and economic consequences of this proposed rule much in the same way they have deliberated building the Keystone XL Pipeline.”

Terry Press Release
June 2, 2014

Rep. Fred UptonHouse Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI-06)
“The president promised under his plan, electricity rates would ‘necessarily skyrocket,’ and this is one promise he is actually delivering on… As the American economy shrunk last quarter, why in the world is the president pushing regulations that will serve to increase utility rates for consumers, send manufacturing jobs overseas, and hamstring our economic recovery? And despite the president’s focus on income inequality, this is a plan to make the poor poorer as it is the nation’s most vulnerable who suffer the most from higher energy prices and layoffs.”

E&C Press Release
June 2, 2014

Rep. Ann WagnerRep. Ann Wagner (R-MO-02)
“Once again, President Obama is governing by executive fiat and waging a war on affordable energy and hardworking Americans. The president’s plan would cause energy prices to skyrocket, cost millions of jobs and cause irreparable damage to our already fragile economy. This proposed rule would be especially devastating on hardworking, middle-class families. In Missouri, coal is responsible for over 80% of the electricity generated. As a result, we enjoy some of the most affordable energy prices in the country. These abundant resources allow us to keep the factory lights on, power our homes, and keep our families warm during the cold winter months. However, if President Obama gets his way, Missourians would be left in the dark.”

Wagner Press Release
June 2, 2014

Rep. Ed WhitfieldEnergy and Power Subcommittee Chairman Ed Whitfield (R-KY-01)
“It is clear that this administration is pushing regulations that are full of costs and no benefits, ultimately bankrupting the American people. We have already witnessed the failures and consequences of a government takeover of our health care system, and we can’t afford the same mistakes with government takeover of our energy sector. The high energy costs in Europe and the need for reliable electricity this past winter should serve as a cautionary tale. My subcommittee will continue our aggressive oversight of this proposal, and all of EPA’s actions, as we work to protect Americans and their jobs from these destructive rules. I also urge the Senate to act swiftly on my bill, the Electricity Security and Affordability Act, which passed the House of Representatives with bipartisan support, so we can at least have a national debate about American energy before President Obama forces his cap-and-tax policy through the backdoor and around the American people. The president should stop misleading the American people. He is always talking about an all-of the-above energy policy and using all fuel sources, but he is removing coal from the equation.”

Whitfield Press Release
June 2, 2014

Rep. Todd C. YoungRep. Todd Young (R-IN-09)
“While nobody doubts the resolve of the President and EPA in their War on Coal, their latest actions should cause all Hoosiers to question their judgement. Should they be implemented, their new proposed rules would cause utility costs in Indiana to skyrocket, would force more electric plants to close, and would result in job losses, especially in manufacturing-intensive states like Indiana. At a time when U.S. greenhouse gas emissions are already on a steady decline and China’s emissions continue to grow, these rules would do little more than cause economic harm in places like Indiana. Only three other states are more reliant on coal than we are, and these rules are essentially punishment for using the natural resources available in our state.”

Young Press Release
June 2, 2014


Boilermakers Local 647 Business Manager Luke Voigt
“And we haven’t even discussed what the Clean Power Plan would do to our economy on the jobs front. While Minnesota’s economy has made improvements the past few years, 50 percent of workers remain underemployed. The jobs provided to those in the electrical-generation industry are good-paying, middle-class jobs, thousands of which would disappear under this plan and be replaced with far-less-lucrative careers. We can’t afford to lose those positions, all the while making our region less globally competitive by increasing energy costs. We would be doing no Minnesotans any favors by decreasing average incomes while increasing average expenses.”

Quoted in The Duluth News Tribune»
January 12, 2016

National Black Chamber of Commerce

“The EPA’s carbon dioxide regulation is a slap in the face to poor and minority families,” said NBCC President and CEO Harry Alford. “These communities already suffer from higher unemployment and poverty rates compared to the rest of the country, yet EPA’s regressive energy tax threatens to push minorities and low-income Americans even further into poverty.”

See the press release here»
June 2015


60 Plus Association President Jim Martin
“Sometimes they have to make choices nobody should have to make to get through the month. A skipped meal here. A month without medications there. The thermostat turned uncomfortably low. Skyrocketing electricity prices will make choices like these all too common, and will push too many of our seniors and other vulnerable citizens across the line from struggling to impoverished.”

See the article here»
April 24, 2015

SCLC President & CEO Dr. Charles Steele
“We can get to a cleaner environment without victimizing those who are already struggling financially.  And so, before the EPA adopts these measures, it should think twice about pursuing extreme rules that will have a negligible environmental impact, but could bring great pain to hard-working everyday Americans.”

See the article here»
March 31, 2015

Southwest Power Pool
“According to Southern Power Pool’s Reliability Impact Assessment of the EPA’s Proposed Clean Power Plan, SPP’s transmission system could face severe overloads that will lead to cascading outages.”

Southwest Power Pool Reliability Impact Assessment of the EPA’s Proposed Clean Power Plan»
October 9, 2014


North American Electric Reliability Corp.
“Because utilities and regulators cannot predict the impact of carbon regulations on power reliability, it would be irresponsible to implement the rules,” said Gerry Cauley head of the North American Electric Reliability Corp.

Quoted in Prairie Business »
September 11, 2014

Nebraska Chamber of Commerce & Industry

Nebraska Chamber of Commerce & Industry Barry Kennedy
“If we want to grow the economy, our elected officials should consider a ‘timeout’ on new regulations and taxes to allow the dust to settle from the whirlwind of mostly unhelpful change over the past few years. The economy should be allowed to gather momentum instead of facing additional roadblocks conceived by politicians.”

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August 21, 2014


Pittsburgh IBEW L-154 Business Manager Ray Ventrone

“Coal is more than just power, payroll and jobs, because the electricity it generates is more affordable and reliable than power from other sources. In fact, during last winter’s polar vortex, utility companies in Pennsylvania and across the country relied on coal to meet surging demand as Pennsylvanians turned up the heat in their homes and businesses.”

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August 1, 2014

Industrial Energy Consumers of America

Industrial Energy Consumers of America President Paul Cicio
“…we are very worried that the rule would substantially increase electricity and natural gas costs and create reliability problems, putting the manufacturing sector at risk, along with good paying jobs – all for a relatively small global climate impact.”

Cicio Testimony »
July 29, 2014

National Association of Manufacturers

National Association of Manufacturers President Jay Timmons:
“As users of one-third of the energy produced in the United States, manufacturers rely on secure and affordable energy to compete in a tough global economy, and recent gains are largely due to the abundance of energy we now enjoy. Today’s proposal from the EPA could single-handedly eliminate [America’s energy] competitive advantage by removing reliable and abundant sources of energy from our nation’s energy mix. It is a clear indication that the Obama administration is fundamentally against an ‘all-of-the-above’ energy strategy, and unfortunately, manufacturers are likely to pay the price for this shortsighted policy.”

NAM Press Release
June 2, 2014

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American Gas Association President and CEO Dave McCurdy
“The American Gas Association believes it is critical that the rule design include a flexible approach for compliance and allow for the efficient and affordable applications of clean natural gas.”

AGA Press Release
June 2, 2014

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National Mining Association President & CEO Hal Quinn
“These regulations, if finalized, would be a loss for American consumers, manufacturers and businesses nationwide, but especially for those in states that rely on low-cost electricity from coal… There’s no doubt that EPA’s approach will raise the cost of electricity for consumers while further imperiling the reliability of the electric grid. EPA’s previous power plant rules have pushed our nation’s electric grid close to the edge of breaking, as we saw this past winter, and this new rule could finally break it. This is a major gamble that America cannot afford to make.”

NMA Press Release
June 2, 2014

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National Association of Clean Air Agencies Executive Director S. William Becker
“The proposal is meaningful, yet flexible. … Still, the regulatory and resource challenges that lie ahead are daunting. Overcoming these challenges will require a heavy lift by all levels of government, particularly state and local.”

Quoted in BNA Article
June 3, 2014

Public Citizen President Robert Weissman
“Consumers desperately need aggressive action to avert catastrophic climate change. We celebrate today’s announced EPA rules as an important step forward, even as we note that the science demands much more aggressive action be taken.”

PublicCitizen Press Release
June 2, 2014

Consumer Energy Alliance Executive Vice President Michael Whatley:
“We are very concerned with the numbers. In the name of ‘flexibility,’ EPA is handing the states an unfunded mandate with instructions to eliminate coal-fired generation. … Unfortunately, both the level of cuts in coal-based generation and the timelines for implementation that are proposed today will cause substantial reliability concerns and will ensure higher electricity prices across the board.”

CEA Press Release
June 2, 2014

American Chemistry Council
“As we begin our review of EPA’s proposal, we remain concerned that the regulations could lead to higher energy prices in certain parts of the country, a scenario that would make it more difficult for manufacturers in those states to compete abroad and grow and hire in the U.S. Since many chemistry processes require large amounts of electricity and natural gas, the U.S. chemistry industry is highly attuned to how EPA’s regulations for the electricity sector could affect energy markets. We welcome the flexibility the Administration gave to states in designing compliance plans, and urge states to carefully assess how specific programs would affect energy costs, diversity and reliability.”

ACC Press Release
June 2,2014

Partnership for a Better Energy Future Spokesman Chad Kolton
“With this new rule, the Environmental Protection Agency is continuing its push to make U.S. electricity less diverse, less reliable and more expensive. The proposed emissions targets cannot realistically be met without forcing substantial closures of existing plants and taking major energy options off the table in the U.S. The resulting impacts on American jobs and the economy could be devastating. Last winter showed just how critical a diverse energy mix is to keeping up with demand for electricity and how supplies in many regions of the country are already significantly strained. Further restricting our largest energy sources will mean even fewer options for affordable electricity for American businesses… The Obama administration had ample opportunity to listen to the concerns of energy users across the country and create a rule that was balanced and supported an ‘all of the above’ approach to energy. Today’s announcement shows that they chose instead to push regulations that go too far, too fast without consideration of the consequences for American companies and consumers.”

PBEF Press Release
June 2, 2014

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus
“Throughout his presidency, Barack Obama has adopted a my way or the highway approach and that explains why he’s shoving these EPA regulations down our throat.”

Quoted in The Hill
June 2, 2014

Peter Morici, economist, University of Maryland
“The EPA’s program to reduce CO2 emissions at U.S. power plants by 30 percent from 2005 levels by 2030 is wrongheaded and counterproductive… Without parallel actions in China, U.S. efforts to reduce CO2 emissions from all sources by 17 percent from 2005 levels will have virtually no impact on the advance of global warming and handicap the U.S. economy and government’s capacity to mitigate against the worst effects of climate change.”

The Heritage Foundation Fellow Nick Loris
“Despite Congress rejecting cap and trade, the administration is going around our elected officials again and moving forward with the regulatory equivalent that will drive up energy costs on American families and businesses, particularly hurting low-income families and our manufacturing base.”

“Today’s regulations issued by EPA add immense cost and regulatory burdens on America’s job creators. They will have a profound effect on the economy, on businesses, and on families. The Chamber will be actively participating in EPA’s input process on these regulations, and will be educating our members and affiliates about their impacts.”

— Thomas J. Donohue, president and CEO, United States Chamber of Commerce

Kevin Brinegar , President & CEO, Indiana Chamber of Commerce
“The reality is that Indiana will be hit far harder than most states because it’s the number one per capita manufacturing state in the nation. Over 80% of Indiana’s electric power comes from coal, compared to only 45% for the country. Despite diversification efforts, coal remains Indiana’s primary energy source.”

Brinegar Press Release
June 2, 2014

“As we predicted, the administration chose political expediency over practical reality as it unveiled energy standards devoid of commonsense and flexibility. These guidelines represent a complete disregard for our country’s most vital fuel sources, like American coal, which provides nearly 40 percent of America’s power, reliably and affordably… Sadly, EPA’s proposed regulations put America’s low- and middle-income families most at risk of paying disproportionately more for energy. Those same families have seen their income dwindle by 22 percent over the last decade while their energy bills have increased by 27 percent,” Duncan said. “More so, the rule threatens the energy reliability and economic promise we enjoy today. Only by recognizing the importance of an energy portfolio rich in fuel source diversity will we preserve America’s access to stable and affordable power.”

— Mike Duncan, president and CEO, American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity (ACCCE)

“It’s very disappointing and disturbing that the EPA proposed a regulation that goes further than the Clean Air Act allows by taking an ‘outside the fence’ approach to setting the emissions reduction requirements that states must accomplish. Americans count on affordable and reliable energy to power our communities, promote job and economic growth, and keep costs in line for the basic necessities in our family budgets. New EPA regulations that add to the price of electricity have serious consequences for our communities, jobs and families… America’s electric cooperatives are naturally concerned that these regulations will increase electricity prices and force power plant shutdowns, thereby harming the economy and jobs of hard-working Americans. However, there are a lot of details to work through in this proposal – and additional details that will be outlined in yet-to-be-developed state plans. Co-ops serve some of America’s communities most sensitive to, and least able to afford, increases in the cost of energy. Electric co-ops require independence and flexibility to choose solutions based on the needs of the communities they serve, which thoughtfully take into account balanced consideration of affordability, reliability and environmental responsibility.”

— Jo Ann Emerson, CEO, Natural Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA)

“If President Obama wishes to have his legacy described as an unprecedented assault on America’s poor and its working families, then his proposal will achieve that end. If the President wishes to destroy any possibility of a manufacturing renaissance and U.S. economic growth, then he will have succeeded. If the President desires his legacy to be celebrated in China, Russia, India and other nations, then he should enact this proposal ASAP.”

— Charles T. Drevna, president, American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM)

“This proposal is not consistent with the administration’s own ‘all of the above’ energy strategy. The uncertainty created will have a chilling effect on energy investment that could cost jobs, raise electricity prices and make energy less reliable. The energy sector is already one of the most heavily regulated industries in the United States. Our air is getting cleaner under existing regulations, and carbon emissions are down due to technological advancements developed by the private sector. We can continue to make environmental progress without damaging the economy.”

— Jack Gerard, president and CEO, American Petroleum Institute (API)

“It’s beyond frustrating that the Obama administration continues to engage in dubious environmental policymaking exercises without any regard to the consequences for ordinary Americans. EPA’s new rule will mean higher energy costs and kill jobs in parts of the country – like Tennessee – where the economy is still weak and people are struggling,” Associated Equipment Distributors Vice President Wes Stowers, president of Stowers Machinery in Knoxville said. “This proposal won’t just hurt coal producers, it’ll hurt equipment companies like mine that support mining activity and hurt businesses throughout our community as workers lose their jobs and families have less money to spend.”

— Christian A. Klein, Vice President of Government Affairs and Washington Counsel, Associated Equipment Distributors (AED)

“America’s cement manufacturers support an energy strategy that encompasses energy efficiency and a diverse fuel mix including coal, natural gas, oil and alternative fuels. However, like other American manufacturers, our industry relies on affordable and dependable sources of electricity. It is important to balance preservation of vital American manufacturing jobs and environmental sound production of a needed product.”

— Cary Cohrs, chairman of the Board of Directors, Portland Cement Association (PCA)

“We must not lose sight of the energy needs required to maintain our nation’s well-being and economic competitiveness in the years ahead. EPA needs to strike the right balance between environmental goals and technological and economic feasibility, and avoid actions that undermine job growth or place American manufacturers at a competitive disadvantage in world markets.”

— Ed Hamberger, president, Association of American Railroads (AAR)

“It is our hope that the rule slated for release on Monday will respect state primacy and protect against overreliance on any one fuel source that could lead to debilitating blackouts, staggering job losses and price spikes in American consumers’ energy costs. EPA has demonstrated time and time again their failure to listen to the true interests of the American people; but today, they can no longer hide from reality. We have brought representatives from across the country to the nation’s capital to share their states’ and communities’ concerns about the potential fallout from EPA’s greenhouse gas rule.”

— Lance Brown, Executive Director, Partnership for Affordable Clean Energy (PACE)

“Attempting to burnish their climate change credentials internationally President Obama and his EPA have been willing to raise electric prices, threaten grid reliability, and send high wage jobs overseas.”

— Christian R. Palich, Manager, Government Affairs, Ohio Coal Association

Bill Bissett, President, Kentucky Coal Association
“We have one of the lowest kilowatt per hours in the nation, which is why we have manufacturing, we have aluminum smelting, we have a lot of heavy industry that’s dependant (sic) on this electricity. And by doing this, it’s puts Kentucky’s economy at great risk.”

Bissett Statement to Tristate Homepage
June 2, 2014

“The United States has led the world in reducing greenhouse gas emissions without overreaching federal regulations. Unfortunately, the proposal released today by the Obama Administration and the EPA ignores the progress we have made – and continue to make – and unilaterally sets an arbitrary goal, one much higher than many expected, without considering the effects on the American economy. According to one analysis, the President’s greenhouse gas emissions goals will take billions out of our regional economy each year due to higher energy costs and significant job losses, all while doing little to address the significant projected emissions increases from countries abroad. Even President Obama has acknowledged that these types of changes will impose significant costs on the energy industry and, in turn, consumers. Pennsylvania is on a path to becoming a world leader in energy production, which helps drive economic opportunities and promote energy independence. Our state is fortunate to have a solid foundation in coal, natural gas, nuclear and renewable sources – all key elements in offering a strong and growing energy portfolio. Implementing these types of standards, which downplay the successes we have achieved in reducing emissions and protecting our environment, counteracts our efforts to compete. We cannot afford to lose the advantage we have when it comes to our in-state access to diverse, affordable and stable energy sources, which is why we continue to ask EPA to give Pennsylvania and other states maximum flexibility in implementing the final rule. Knowing that these new regulations could have a serious affect on power plants and their ability to remain in operation raises serious concerns over the impact on the grid as well. As we saw this past winter, spikes in energy use due to extreme weather conditions can create problems for all consumers, and anything that forces more plants to close will only compound the problems we saw earlier this year.”

— Gene Barr, president and CEO, PA Chamber of Business and Industry

Barry DuVal, President & CEO, Virginia Chamber of Commerce
“The proposed emissions targets cannot realistically be met without forcing substantial closures of existing plants and taking major energy options off the table in the U.S. The resulting impacts on Virginia jobs and the economy could be devastating. In addition, the EPA’s regulations will cause substantial reliability concerns and will ensure higher electricity prices, resulting in a heavy toll on the economy, manufacturing, small businesses and families.”

DuVal Press Release
June 2, 2014

Glenn Oppel, Government Relations Director, Montana Chamber of Commerce
“The EPA’s proposed carbon emission standards will have a profound impact on the Montana and regional economies. A report just released by the U.S. Chamber Institute for 21st Century Energy estimates that the regulations in the Mountain Region (Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Arizona, and New Mexico) would result in annual losses of 26,500 jobs and $5 billion in economic output for the next 30 years. To add insult to injury, it will slam consumers with more costly, but less reliable, electricity. The report estimates a $17 billion increase in America’s electricity bills every year, which translates to $1.2 billion annually in the Mountain Region. The Montana Chamber of Commerce joins the U.S. Chamber and other business advocates throughout the nation to oppose these egregious regulations with real-world economic facts and figures, not apocalyptic climate-change rhetoric.”

“The world is turning to coal and to economic prosperity. Coal is the fastest growing source of electricity worldwide and will lift nations out of energy poverty. Thus, it makes no sense for the United States to weaken its economy on policies that will produce nothing in the way of corresponding benefits to the environment.”

— Stuart Sanderson, president, Colorado Mining Association (CMA)

“The greenhouse gas proposal is yet another expensive and expansive overreach by EPA into the daily lives of America’s farmers and ranchers. Our farmers and ranchers need a climate that fosters innovation, not unilateral regulations that cap our future.”

— Bob Stallman, president, American Farm Bureau Federation

“Energy costs ripple through all good and services we buy and use in this country, so if you buy virtually anything, you’re going to pay more thanks to this Administration. Those that will be hurt most are the millions of low-income and fixed-income households who already struggle with their daily bills.”

— Kevin Crutchfield, CEO, Alpha Natural Resources Inc.

“Employers in our state are also concerned about the proposal’s dual state and federal regulatory tracks, with 50 states creating 50 different regulatory processes. It’s an uneven initiative, and creates a competitiveness challenge since regulations will not be consistent from state to state. This really calls for a more streamlined, balanced approach from the federal government, one that balances the needs of industry and manufacturers with the environment. There are ways to do both, and we must work together to find solutions that balance our economic and job needs with protection of our environment.”

— Kris Johnson, president, Association of Washington Business

“The proposed rules are a raw deal for Wyoming, and will cost the state dearly in jobs, revenues and higher energy prices. They will drive up the cost of electricity for families and businesses across the country, eliminating the most affordable, abundant and reliable power source from the nation’s energy portfolio.”

— Jonathan Downing, Executive Director, Wyoming Mining Association (WMA)

“AIF and its members oppose the new proposed standards that the EPA would like to place on existing power plants. These new onerous regulations will weigh down businesses and make it more difficult for them to expand here in Florida and across our nation… AIF believes there are more cost-effective and sustainable solutions to create energy efficiency and conservation. We encourage the EPA to reconsider its proposal that will only hurt our Florida businesses and their families.”

— Tom Feeney, president and CEO, Associated Industries of Florida (AIF)

“The real endangerment finding is the harm the Administration’s policies will have on Americans – particularly the poor, the working class, the elderly, minorities, small businesses, manufacturing, consumers of health care and nutritious foods, and a fledgling economy that should be growing jobs at far faster rates. Already, multiple reports put the cost to each American household in the thousands of dollars over time.”

— Lily Zamora, Sr. Manager – Advocacy Operations, Peabody Energy

“We remain deeply concerned about what this rule will do to electricity prices and manufacturing competitiveness. The EIA has already forecasted electricity prices to rise 4 percent in 2014 and a significant 13 percent increase by 2020, primarily due to coal-fired power plant retirements from the EPA Mercury rule. Additional coal-fired power plant retirements due to the proposed GHG rule will further increase these prices.”

— Paul Cicio, president, Industrial Energy Consumers of America (IECA)

United Mine Workers of AmericaUnited Mine Workers of America
“The proposed rule issued today by the Environmental Protection Agency will lead to long-term and irreversible job losses for thousands of coal miners, electrical workers, utility workers, boilermakers, railroad workers and others without achieving any significant reduction of global greenhouse gas emissions. Our initial analysis indicates that there will be a loss of 75,000 direct coal generation jobs in the United States by 2020. Those are jobs primarily in coal mines, power plants, and railroads. By 2035, those job losses will more than double to 152,000. That amounts to about a 50 percent cut in these well-paying, highly skilled jobs. When a U.S. government economic multiplier used to calculate the impact of job losses is applied to the entire economy, we estimate that the total impact will be about 485,000 permanent jobs lost. This is simply a recipe for disaster in America’s coalfields, especially the eastern coalfields. That is where the hammer of this rule will fall the hardest. And it’s not just that these jobs will be lost, it’s that the ability of companies to continue funding pension and retiree health care benefits will be at great risk. That puts hundreds of thousands more – mostly senior citizens living on already-low fixed incomes – squarely in the crosshairs of this rule…Some point to new so-called ‘green jobs’ that may be created by this rule, and say that there will be a net increase in jobs over time. I don’t know how one can actually count jobs that do not yet exist, but I do know this: the jobs that will be lost are among the best paying blue-collar jobs in America, especially in the mostly rural areas of the country where the coalfields are. The jobs that we are told will be created will very likely not be in the coalfields, will not pay particularly well, will not have decent benefits, and will not allow workers to realize what we once called the American Dream. The American economy will not benefit from the creation of such jobs because they will come at the expense of the better jobs we have now.

UMWA International President Cecil E. Roberts Statement
June 2, 2014

International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW)
“The EPA has a track record of underestimating the impact of its rules, making faulty predictions that have cost tens of thousands of good jobs. In 2011 the IBEW and several other unions testified before the agency, predicting that 56 gigawatts of generation would be lost due to plant closings under then-proposed rules. At the time, the EPA estimated only 4.7 gigawatts would be lost. Experts now confirm that 56 gigawatts will indeed be lost by 2016. Approximately 90 percent of the plants scheduled to close were required to run during last winter’s polar vortex to prevent grid disruption. We will critically examine the new rules to determine how much additional capacity could be lost. Despite the wishes of the President and the environmental movement, renewable energy such as wind and solar are simply not ready to replace other fuel sources in meeting the demand for electrical power and will not be for the foreseeable future. That leaves natural gas as the only viable alternative in the short term. Our nation has learned from bitter experience that relying too heavily on one energy source is not a sound policy.”

IBEW Statement
June 2, 2014


Alabama Department of Environmental Management
“If enacted, the proposed rule would, in effect, set energy policy for the United States. The Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) contends that such an important socioeconomic decision should be made by the legislative branch of government, especially so given that, by EPA’s own admission, this effort is symbolic.”

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November 21, 2014

Alaska (Multiple Agencies)
“EPA does not possess the authority to promulgate this Proposed Rule under the Clean Air Act (CAA). These far reaching BSER measures, together with the numerical CO2 emission limits, would effectively establish a national energy policy. For Alaska, implementing the rule is particularly problematic because EPA designed the rule for generating units that are interconnected through a robust transmission grid. A lack of interconnectivity is the very characteristic that most distinguishes Alaska’s electric utility sector from the rest of the country. Because of this difference and others, Alaska should be exempted from any final rule limiting CO2 emissions from existing EGUs. Alternatively, EPA must conduct the necessary analysis to determine an achievable and reasonable CO2 emission rate for existing EGUs in Alaska based on an accurate factual record.”

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December 1, 2014


Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality & Public Service Commission
“The 2030 Arkansas goal, which is the sixth most stringent in the United States, is technically flawed and is unattainable under the contemplated time frame. The Agencies urge changes in the Proposed Rule to avoid unreasonable and inequitable results that may include disruptions to electric service and significant cost impacts in Arkansas and in neighboring states. Also, the Proposed Rule should be clarified and changed in various ways to better enable compliance, particularly for states like Arkansas that can reasonably be expected to rely on net imports from renewable energy generators for some or all of their renewable electricity generation.”

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November 26, 2014


Georgia Department of Natural Resources
“EPD acknowledges that there are significant legal concerns about the structure of the CPP. However, EPD has chosen to focus our comments on the CPP on the technical and regulatory issues of the proposal in an effort to work with EPA to improve it. As proposed, the CPP does not provide sufficient state flexibility, requires significant additional CO2 reductions prior to 2020, is unnecessarily burdensome, and fails to give credit to states that have taken early action to reduce CO2 emissions.”

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December 1, 2014


Georgia Public Service Commissioner Stan Wise
“In addition, the four “building blocks” of the EPA proposal- unit heat rate improvements, redispatch of natural gas, nuclear and clean resources, increasing renewables, and increase in demand-side energy efficiency- are all based on overly aggressive assumptions. Even if Georgia could increase demand-side energy efficiency to 10% by 2030, it would create hardships on our ratepayers. In 2012, this Commission was involved in a study (2012 Technical and Economic Achievable Potential (TEAPot) Study) that evaluated similar aggressive targets and the result of EPA’s assumptions would be $4 to 5 billion dollars of cost that banks on achieving levels of demand-side energy efficiency that have never been demonstrated on a sustained basis.

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September 3, 2014

Indiana Gov. Michael Pence

Indiana Governor Mike Pence
“Home to the highest concentration of manufacturing jobs in the nation, Indiana depends heavily on coal-burning power plants for reliable and affordable energy. More than 28,000 Hoosiers are employed in the coal industry. Those workers, along with Hoosier rate-payers, deserve better than this proposed regulation. The U.S. EPA proposal does not strike the proper balance to protect the health of the environment with the health of our economy and our position in the global marketplace. It will impede economic growth and prosperity at a time when we need to promote it.”

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December 1, 2014

Indiana Environmental Agencies Technical Comments
“The proposed rules are not consistent with our goals of affordable and reliable energy. Indiana is concerned that the proposed rules will lead to Hoosiers, particularly those in low income socioeconomic brackets, losing heat and power because they will not be able to pay for the rising utility costs. Indiana is also concerned that U.S. businesses will be unable to compete in a global economy due to the higher electricity rates, and that worldwide greenhouse gas emissions may actually increase due to the relocation of manufacturing operations from the U.S. to other countries with less restrictive regulations.”

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December 1, 2014


Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet
“As noted in our October 2013 discussion paper on potential 111(d) implications, over half of Kentucky’s electricity consumption is in our electricity-intensive manufacturing sector and any negative disruption to our low cost power could have a tremendous impact to the state’s economy. EPA appropriately acknowledges that this proposed rule constitutes a significant energy action and, by default, dictates energy policy on a scale never before produced by an environmental regulation. As you know, there there is considerable concern regarding the potential impacts to least-coast dispatch of power. It is a widley held belief that this rule could intitiate unintended consequences and jeopardize price stability and power reliability.”

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November 26, 2014


Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality
“For the reasons identified herein, the proposed rule unequivocally exceeds the authority provided to the EPA by Section 11 of the Act, violates 307 of the Act, jeopardizes the reliability of the electrical grid, unfairly imposes vastly different requirements on states, overestimates purported health benefits, attempts to supplant the sovereign authority of Louisiana by establishing a de facto renewable portfolio standard, and contains numerous other deficiencies. Consequently, it must be immediately withdrawn.”

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December 1, 2014


Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality
“EPA’s proposed final goal for Mississippi of 692 Ibs CG^/MWh2 is overly aggressive and unachievable. The approach to use regional and national averages with regard to the building blocks, without following through with any sort of feasibility analysis at the state level, resulted in unrealistic goal projections for some states. For Mississippi, the goal path is riddled with unrealistic expectations (some of which will be discussed in detail in the following comments). EPA continuously indicates that the goal path is not the only compliance path, and while that may be true, it is impossible to ignore the fact that the unrealistic goal path provided an unrealistic goal for Mississippi. Before Mississippi can begin to move forward with the concept of developing a SIP under this proposal, the State must be allowed the opportunity to establish a realistic goal.”

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December 1, 2014


Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality
“The NDEQ is concerned that EPA has relied on strategies to establish the Nebraska emission goals which fall outside the scope of EPA’s jurisdiction and the Nebraska air regulatory programs. EPA has not demonstrated that they have the authority to establish renewable energy targets and require the implementation of demand-side energy efficiency programs. We are also concerned that the assumptions EPA used as a basis are unrealistic. If finalized as proposed, EPA’s proposal has effectively narrowed our ability to develop a compliance plan that can meet the intended objectives.”

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November 24, 2014

New Jersey (Multiple Agencies)
“The State of New Jersey opposes adoption of the EPA’s Proposed Rule on Carbon Pollution Emission Guideline for Existing Stationary Source: Electric Generating Units 79 Fed. Reg. 117 (June 18, 2014). The Department of Environmental Protection has undertaken an extensive analysis of this proposal, found it fundamentally flawed, and respectfully submits that it cannot be redeemed through mere revisions. The draft rules are incomplete, needlessly complex, and impossible to implement.”

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November 26, 2014


New Mexico Environment Department
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) should reconsider the unprecedented reach of the Proposed Rule by recognizing the appropriate limits of federal authority under the Clean Air Act (CAA). While EPA has the authority to regulate emissions from specific sources, this authority does not extend outside the physical boundaries of such sources (i.e., “outside the fence”). Likewise, EPA fails to recognize that State agencies charged with enforcing the Proposed Rule have no authority to enforce outside the fence reductions. By proposing to regulate outside the fence, the Proposed Rule exceeds the scope of EPA’s authority under the CAA.

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December 1, 2014


North Carolina Division of Air Quality
“NCDENR believes EPA’s proposed rules under Section 111(d) to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from both power plants and beyond power plants is legally and technically flawed. EPA appears to recognize the legal vulnerabilities by proposing to make each of the ‘building blocks’ independently severable – as if realizing they will be vacated by the Court during judicial review.”

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December 1, 2014


Ohio Environmental Protection Agency
“In Ohio and other states, the reliability of the power generation, transmission and distribution system is of utmost importance and failures in the grid can cause immediate detrimental health and economic consequences. Some of the organizations that have actual responsibility for maintaining grid stability and reliability have warned of “cascading outages” and “voltage collapse” if this plan is implemented and proposed, yet it appears from the public record U.S. EPA has failed to consult with these organization in a meaningful way on the formulation of this plan.”

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December 1, 2014


Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality
“For numerous reasons, it is the position of the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (“ODEQ”) that EPA’s Proposed Rule is fundamentally flawed and unworkable. As the Supreme Court of the United States recently stated in regard to EPA’s efforts to regulate greenhouse gas (“GHGs”) in the Tailoring Rule, “[w]e are not willing to stand on the dock and wave goodbye as EPA embarks on this multiyear voyage of discovery.” Utility Air Regulatory Grp. v. E.P.A., 134 S. Ct. 2427, 2446, 189 L. Ed. 2d 372 (2014). Although the issues are not identical, there are some serious legal and practical issues regarding the approaches set forth in EPA’s Proposed Rule, and prudence requires that the rule not be finalized or implemented until such issues are resolved. Consequently, ODEQ requests that EPA withdraw the Proposed Rule, and work with the states, the stakeholders, and the general public to develop an approach that is both practical and consistent with the structure and legal authority provided in the Federal Clean Air Act. Additional consideration should be given to providing options using a broader approach to help address concerns of reliability of service and the impact on utility rate payers.

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December 1, 2014


Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Quality
“As more fully explained herein, DEP questions the propriety of this Clean Power Plan proposal, which established emission guidelines under Section 111(d) that cannot be achieved by the source category, i.e. existing fossil fuel-fire EGU’s. Further and aptness notwithstanding, the CO2 emission targes that have been proposed for Pennsylvaniia can only achieved by establishing a state energy plan that regulates the electric energy market, including both generation and end usage, which are both beyond the authority of EPA.”

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November 26, 2014


South Carolina Department of Health
In closing, while the proposal has attempted to offer flexibility to states in determining their
compliance path in an affordable way, the Department urges the EPA to fully understand the
unintended consequences of this proposal and consider these comments along with those
submitted by South Carolina’s Energy Coalition stakeholders. It is critical in finalizing this rule
that the EPA recognize South Carolina’s unique energy mix, along with the unique challenges to
South Carolina consumers, such as income/poverty levels and inefficient housing stock. South
Carolina must be allowed to determine a balanced energy and environmental policy that is “right
for South Carolina” and in a manner that ensures affordable reliable electricity for South
Carolina consumers.

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December 1, 2014

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Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
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Railroad Commission of Texas
“The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) does not support the proposed rule to establish carbon pollution emission guidelines for existing power plants. The EPA should withdraw the proposed rule due to the numerous flaws with the proposal. The disparate state goals proposed by EPA would result in inequitable treatment of the states and Texas will be severely and disproportionately impacted by the rule. Texas has made extraordinary efforts in developing a diversified energy generation mix and in becoming the nation’s leader in renewable wind energy generation, yet the EPA’s proposal actually penalizes the state for making these efforts.”

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December 1, 2014

Utah Governor Gary Herbert
“I am grateful for the opportunity to provide you with feedback regarding the proposed CleanPower Plan and the proposed carbon dioxide regulations for existing electricity generating units. As you are aware, regulation of the vast and complex electricity generating system for carbon dioxide raises serious legal, economic, and reliability concerns. The scope of this proposed regulation is unprecedented, affecting institutions and regulatory processes that have not previously been subject to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under the Clean Air Act (CAA). Such a dramaticexpansion of CAA authority warrants clear direction and clear legal authorization from Congress, which has not yet been granted. Understandably, the state of Utah has deep concerns about the legal basis for this proposal.”

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December 1, 2014


Virginia State Corporation Commission
“In sum, Virginia’s compliance with the Proposed Regulation, as currently drafted, will be expensive and will be paid for by Virginia residents and businesses. Contrary to the claim that “rates will go up, but bills will go down”, experience and costs in Virginia make it extremely unlikely that either electric rates or bills in Virginia will go down as a result of the Proposed Regulation.”

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October 14, 2014

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Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and Public Service Commission
“EPA has not adequately performed sufficient analyses to demonstrate that its proposal will ensure reliability of the grid in Wisconsin. We are particularly concerned that, in the absence of a robust coal-fired fleet, natural gas plants currently used for peaking may not be able to support the electric load.”

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November 30, 2014


West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection
“With its far-reaching proposal, EPA plans to boldly venture into many roles that go well beyond its historic responsibility under the CAA of regulating emissions of air pollutants from sources. With the finesse of a bull in a china shop, EPA intends to assert itself broadly into new regulatory arenas that impact all areas of the nation’s economy. Under the proposed rule, the agency will invade the province of the WVPSC and other state utility regulatory agencies, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), North American and regional reliability entities, regional power markets and regional transmission organizations, by directing fuel choices for electric generation and thereby affect dispatch of generation and the operation of the nation’s electric grid. EPA will do this not based on the cornerstone criteria of reliability and cost, but instead upon the single-minded criterion of carbon intensity. As a result, electrical grid reliability will fall precipitously and costs will rise. Under the guise of regulating carbon emissions under the CAA, EPA will undertake regulation of sources of power generation which have no carbon emissions. It will similarly extend its reach to regulation of end-use consumers of electric power, claiming CAA jurisdiction over the daily lives of all citizens and the entirety of the American economy with respect to the use of electricity. As a result, the economy and citizens will suffer. According to an analysis performed by the Marshall University Center for Business and Economic Research, West Virginia will lose over 4,000 jobs and hundreds of millions of dollars in wages. All of this is patently illegal.”

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December 1, 2014


Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality
“EPA lacks the statutory authority to proceed and must withdraw the Proposed Rule. Assuming that EPA has the statutory authority to proceed with the Proposed Rule, EPA has failed to follow the requirements of Section lll(d). In the event that EPA chooses to move forward with the Proposed Rule they must do so in a reasoned and rational manner as outlined above.”

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December 1, 2014

appleKansas Corporation Commission Commissioner Pat Apple
“This rule will impact the electric industry in a way that has not been seen since rural electrification in the 1930s. It will affect every budget, every business and every utility company in Kansas,” said Commissioner Pat Apple in a statement.

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December 4, 2015

GardnerKentucky Public Service Commission Chairman Jim Gardner
“Kentucky is home to a lot of manufacturing facilities, and coal and base load is really the heart and soul of Kentucky’s economy.”

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November 11, 2015

Former Missouri Public Service Commissioner Terry Jarrett
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July 30, 2015

TerryMJarrrett-213x300Former Missouri Public Service Commissioner Terry Jarrett
“Missouri’s public service commissioners cannot allow the Clean Power Plan to follow this pattern. They should act quickly to bar utilities from saddling their customers with higher electricity rates, at least until the various legal challenges are resolved. As a former commissioner myself, I can safely say there is no more prudent path.

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July 8, 2015

TerryMJarrrett-213x300Former Missouri Public Service Commissioner Terry Jarrett
“Those seeking to eliminate coal under the guise of improving the environment need to adopt a realistic plan. Modern coal-fired generators are cleaner now than they ever have been. And with technology under development today, even cleaner coal plants will soon be attainable. Any move away from coal that can add sufficient alternative sources of power generation will require many years to implement. Thus, it makes no sense for the EPA to rush ahead with a foolhardy plan that will effectively undermine the ability to generate reliable and affordable electricity in America.”

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May 6, 2015

TerryMJarrrett-213x300Former Missouri Public Service Commissioner Terry Jarrett
“At its core, the Clean Power Plan is nothing more than a Federal power-grab to control how electricity is generated and dispatched. Traditionally, states have set energy policies that require utilities to use low cost resource planning to generate electricity so prices remain affordable and keep the electric grid reliable.”

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April 23, 2015

nelson-donna Public Utility Commission of Texas Chair Donna Nelson
“The EPA recognizes that it doesn’t have the authority to pass such a tax,” said Donna Nelson, chairman of the Public Utility Commission of Texas. “So the EPA is trying to get states to come up with ideas to make it workable.”

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March 5, 2015

TerryMJarrrett-213x300Former Missouri Public Service Commissioner Terry Jarrett
“Under the EPA’s so-called Clean Power Plan, consumers will undoubtedly pay higher electricity bills. But the more tragic problem is the possibility of widespread power outages during the coldest parts of winter.”

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February 28, 2015

Missouri Public Service Commissioner Terry Jarrett
“If coal-supplied power is in jeopardy, then what’s really at issue is long-term ‘grid reliability.’ Simply put, will power supplies continue to exist in order to meet the current, massive U.S. demand for electricity?  At the very least, the EPA’s mandate poses a risk to grid stability, since roughly 40 percent of electricity in the United States comes from coal-fired power generation.”

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February 22, 2015

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