Coal, Emissions, O&M, Policy & Regulations

House Committee Passes Resolutions to Block Clean Power Plan

Unit 1 of Elmer Smith Power Plant in Kentucky set to retire

The House Energy and Commerce Committee last week passed two measures that would block the Obama administration’s new rules for carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions at fossil fuel-fired power plants.

Introduced by Energy and Power Subcommittee Chairman Ed Whitfield, R-Kentucky, H.J. Res 71 and H.J. Res 72 allow for Congressional disapproval of the EPA’s final Clean Power Plan and make it so the emissions rules have no force or effect.

Published in the Federal Register last month, the Clean Power Plan calls for a 32-percent cut in CO2 emissions from 2005 levels by 2030.

“These resolutions are necessary to protect ratepayers, the reliability of our electricity supplies and our nation’s global competitiveness,” said Whitfield.

House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton, R-Michigan, echoed Whitfield’s sentiments.

“These resolutions are ultimately about protecting hard-working people from higher electricity prices, threats to grid reliability and EPA’s economy-wide energy tax,” said Upton.

The House’s resolutions were passed just a day after the Senate passed two identical resolutions, introduced by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, and Senator Shelley Moore Capito, R-West Virginia.

“The U.S. Senate voted to stand up for Middle Class Americans…by voting to overturn the Obama Administration’s deeply regressive energy regulations that would eliminate good-paying jobs,” said McConnell.

President Obama has promised to veto the measures should they reach his desk.