Wednesday, October 28, 2015

49 senators oppose Obama's climate rules

A bipartisan coalition of nearly 50 senators signed a bill Tuesday to repeal President Obama's contentious climate change rules for power plants. The resolution, proposed by Sens. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., and Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., was introduced with 47 senators joining them as cosponsors on the "resolution of disapproval." The resolution would repeal the centerpiece of President Obama's climate change agenda, called the Clean Power Plan, but he is virtually guaranteed not to sign it. The Clean Power Plan requires states to reduce emissions by one-third by 2030. Critics say the plan oversteps EPA's authority by regulating states instead of individual power plants. Studies performed for industry have shown that the regulations would raise costs for consumers significantly, while making the electricity system vulnerable to power outages...more

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