Skip to comments.'War on coal:' GOP Senate group moves to block EPA power plant rules
Posted on 01/18/2014 7:44:40 AM PST by upchuck
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and 39 fellow Republicans are attempting to use a rarely used legislative tactic to block planned Environmental Protection Agency greenhouse gas standards that would limit the amount of carbon new power plants can emit.
The Kentucky senator filed a formal resolution of disapproval under the Congressional Review Act, a rarely used provision that allows Congress to block executive branch regulations that Congress considers onerous. The EPA rules were published in the Federal Register last week.
"Kentucky is facing a real crisis here," McConnell said Thursday in introducing the disapproval motion. Regulations imposed by the Obama administration have already cost hundreds of coal jobs in Kentucky, McConnell said, adding that the EPA rule "would effectively ban coal-fired power plants from being built in the future."
"The Obama administration appears to be sending signals that its latest regulation is just the beginning in a new, expanded front in its war on coal," said McConnell.
The agency's rules would impose tough new limits on the amount of carbon dioxide new plants are allowed to emit, essentially requiring any new coal plants to install expensive carbon-capture technology. Critics argue the technology is too expensive, not commercially available and poses safety risks.
The Sierra Club denounced the Republican effort as a "political maneuver."
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Aiken Electric, my local power company, publishes a monthly magazine. In the latest issue there’s an article by the CEO claiming that these EPA rules could push my electric bill up by 54%.
The EPA, like most federal agencies, is out of control.
McConnell has a crisis of his own,voters in his state think it’s time for him to go.
I don’t think it will be too long before Barry and his boy, Eric the Holder, have the FBI coming around reading our electrical meters.
“The Obama administration appears to be sending signals that its latest regulation is just the beginning in a new, expanded front in its war on coal,” said McConnell”
Mitch, always a day late and dollar short.
Five years into the Obama regime and he is just discovering that their goal is to destroy America. Sorry, Pal. We’re entering the fourth quarter and are down 75 points.
That's rich coming from the party of anything goes!
He’s up for re-election and every vote buy counts.
Betcha McConnell wouldn’t be bothered if he did not represent (?) a coal state during an election year..
fixed it for ya.
Gee Mitch where were you during the 2008 campaign when the Hero of Benghazi said he was going to put all of the coal companies out of business?
No one cares= they’ll get away with it.
OK!! Everybody pay attention!
Lesson for today:
1. The sun is 1,300,000 times as big as the earth.
2. The sun is a ball of fire that controls the climates of all its planets.
3. The earth is one of the suns planets.
4. The earth is a speck in comparison to the size of the sun.
5. Inhabitants of the earth are less than specks.
Study Question: How do less-than-specks in congress plan to control the sun?
Doesn't the Sierra Club support eagle-killing wind energy? They have no credibility.
Google just bought the technology to control it all.
The Sierra Club denounced the Republican effort as a “political maneuver.”
Well, it was a political maneuver by this administration
to put those regulations in place.
Liberals generally accuse you of what they are doing.
There have been articles about EPA reducing fines if companies will donate to certain green non profit organizations.
This was very common in Germany during the Hitler years. “We won’t fine you if you use your profits to build us a munitions plant.”
fascism to the core............................
The Sierra Club also supported natural gas, including soliciting donations from the industry, until we found it under our feet.
"rarely used" - I see the problem already
What a pity more of our gutless, fawning, very rich CEOs don't do this. They have a real bully pulpit which they should use more often. The problem is that if their costs go up, caised by the EPA, then their prices have to go up and, BINGO, the brilliant CEO has increased revenues. Time for a bigger bonus.
Limiting the EPAs ability to make law instead of enforcing laws passed by the two legislative bodies is what needs to be done. To do anything less lets them continue forcing their ideology down peoples throats on other fronts.
Oh hey,,,Mitch woke up!
Stupid comment. Senators are representatives of their state.
I just wish we didn’t have to rely on these pubby pussies.
What else can be done to subdue the ecomaniacs at EPA?
“Liberals generally accuse you of what they are doing.”
That’s what Lenin said to do.
Vladimir, not John.
Not to worry. He will be caving soon for the right price... or Reid and the media tells him that he’s being a bad boy.