U.S. Senate Minority Leader To Introduce Bill To Block Obama’s Emissions Plan

  • Date: 03/06/14
  • Ramsey Cox, The Hill

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell will introduce legislation that would require the administration to meet benchmarks before the emissions rule could take place including ensuring no jobs will be lost or that energy costs would increase.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said President Obama’s proposed power plant emissions regulation is an attempt to make “privileged elitists” feel like something is being done to fight climate change.

“The point of this whole exercise is sadly obvious: it’s not really about science or global warming at all, it’s about making privileged elitists — elitists who may not feel the pinch of a higher utility bill or the pain of a lost job – feel like they ‘did something,’ ” McConnell said on the Senate floor Tuesday.

On Monday, the Environmental Protection Agency announced a new rule that would force power plants to reduce carbon emissions by 30 percent over 15 years.

McConnell said the regulation was Obama’s latest blow in his “war on coal jobs.”

“I’m going to keep vigorously fighting against the Obama administration’s continued war on coal jobs and this extreme, anti-middle class national energy tax in particular,” McConnell said.

He said he’s introducing a bill that would require the administration to meet benchmarks before the rule could take place including ensuring no jobs will be lost or that energy costs would increase.

“I’m introducing legislation, the Coal Country Protection Act, that would push back against the president’s extreme anti-coal scheme,” McConnell said. “It would require that simple but important benchmarks be met before his rules could take effect.”

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