Skip to comments.House Republicans, and some Dems, press White House to kill climate rules (too expensive)
Posted on 02/26/2012 8:17:24 AM PST by Libloather
House Republicans, and some Dems, press White House to kill climate rules
By Andrew Restuccia and Ben Geman - 02/23/12 03:38 PM ET
More than 200 House Republicans and about a dozen conservative Democrats called on the White House Thursday to kill pending climate regulations, arguing they will impose huge costs on consumers.
Affordable, reliable electricity is critical to keeping growing jobs in the United States and such a standard will likely drive up energy prices and threaten domestic jobs, the 223 lawmakers, including 14 Democrats, wrote in a letter to White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) acting director Jeffrey Zients.
The letter marks the latest affront on the Environmental Protection Agencys pending rules limiting greenhouse gas emissions from new and modified power plants that burn fossil fuels. Republicans and some centrist Democrats in the House and Senate have been working for months to scuttle the regulations.
But EPA and other backers of the rules say they will offer huge public health benefits and help to tackle climate change at a minimal cost.
The rules, which EPA is issuing under a settlement with environmentalists and several states, have been delayed repeatedly.
Our timeline has been for the end of January. We think we are close to that timeline," Gina McCarthy, EPAs top air quality official, said Jan. 19.
EPA spokesman Brendan Gilfillan said Thursday that EPA is on track to propose [greenhouse gas] standards for new power plants early this year."
We continue to work with OMB through the interagency review process and will issue the proposal when that review is complete."
OMBs website shows that power industry officials have held a suite of meetings with OMB staff in February. Environmentalists backing the rules have also met with the office this month.
Coal-fired power plants are a huge source of greenhouse gas emissions, which the vast majority of the world's scientists blame for climate change.
It's called the Hussein plan.
Obama is so beholden to his enviro-wacko base, that his EPA shuts down power plants to fight “global warming”. I sure hope that the EPA can be reined in by a future Republican president and Republican Congress. They are going too far, seeing unelected bureaucrats issuing regulations that cause power plants to shut down.
Not to mention that the entire justification for it, “global warming” is a hoax.
Inhofe writes book on ‘hoax’ of global warming
obama’s election math with the eco-wackos is going to help lead to his political demise......obama has backed himself into a corner by telling/believing lies.
Propaganda, propaganda, propaganda.
I find it astonishing that, after three plus years of nobama, “More than 200 House Republicans and about a dozen conservative Democrats” are still naive to his plan to turn the US into a third world country with him as dictator for life.
Bunch of dumbasses! We gots to have “skyrocketing” energy costs for his plan to work.
Of course, all the bad things that have been said about Mr. Obama are probably true or at least a good start. I never expected any different from the poser.
But the chronic Republican weakness and timidity continues to be appalling.
‘wrote in a letter
That seems to be the best the Republican squishes can do.
No bills introduced, much less sent to committee.
No hearings from existing committees.
Just hot air, just promises.