CEI Responds to EPA Rules: Clean Power Plan and Beyond

Yesterday, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released two final rules regulating carbon emissions for new and existing power plants that will have a devastating effect on the cost of energy for Americans, our electricity market, and state economies across the country. The agency also issued a new proposed rule for a federal plan to regulate greenhouse gas emissions. The administration’s new carbon rules will make obtaining affordable energy nearly impossible for many American families. See below for commentary by CEI energy experts on the economic effects of these new regulations.

CEI’s Myron Ebell offered this initial response to the EPA’s release of the final rule in its so-called Clean Power Plan

“The EPA’s so-called ‘Clean Power’ Plan to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants is colossally expensive, blatantly illegal, and totally pointless. It will fulfill President Obama’s promise he made when running for president in 2008 to “necessarily skyrocket” people’s electric rates. Consumers, particularly in the heartland states that have affordable electricity from coal-fired plants, are going to see their rates skyrocket, just as the President promised. Workers are going to lose their jobs as energy-intensive manufacturing is forced out of the country. Congress must act quickly and decisively to block the President’s disastrous climate policies.”   

CEI’s Marlo Lewis responded to the EPA’s release of rules for new electric utility sources:

“Because the EPA does not anticipate anyone building new coal-fired power plants, evidently, the new source performance standards rule’s value is purely instrumental – to provide the regulatory springboard for the so-called Clean Power Plan (CPP) for existing power plants.

“EPA’s modification of the new source rule makes one of the CPP’s legal vulnerabilities more conspicuous. The CO2 performance standards in the CPP were already more stringent than those in the proposed new source rule. Now the CPP standards are much more stringent. Never before in the history of the Clean Air Act have Section 111 existing source performance standards been more stringent than the corresponding new source standards.”

CEI’s William Yeatman offered this initial response to the EPA’s proposed rule for a federal plan for greenhouse gas emissions from electric utility:

“As we predicted, EPA’s proposed federal implementation plan (FIP) entails two emissions trading schemes. Of course, Congress has expressly and repeatedly rejected such ‘cap and trade’ schemes, which raises an obvious question: Why is it appropriate for EPA to impose major policies that were refused by Congress? In practice, emissions are virtually synonymous with energy use, and, as a result, EPA’s FIP is not inaccurately labeled an energy-rationing program. Talk about mission creep!”

More from CEI on the so-called "Clean Power Plan" and the EPA's climate agenda: 


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