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President Barrack Obama and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) moved forward today with unprecedented rules to regulate new and existing coal power plants, dubbed the “Clean Power Plan”. U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., issued the following statement.

“If you can make it too expensive to open a new power plant and prematurely shut down existing plants, you effectively put a stop to coal use in this country," Enzi said. "As coal accounts for nearly 40 percent of the nation’s electricity, the consequences for all Americans are real. This president needs to understand real families, real businesses, real communities will be hurt.

“The Obama Administration’s push to raise energy prices and cut jobs is unfortunately more successful than much of what this Administration does.”

“This rule will be detrimental to every consumer’s personal economy. Come next winter people are going to feel it. It’s also going to increase costs for manufacturing. This is the wrong course.”

To combat the rule, Enzi has cosponsored the Affordable Reliable Energy Now Act (ARENA), which would delay the compliance date of the Clean Power Plan until the courts decide if the rule is on good legal standing. The Supreme Court recently ruled the EPA’s 2012 Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) an overreach by the agency. 

The Administration has also introduced a number of other regulatory overreaches including:

  • Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule – would significantly expand federal control of land and water resources across the nation, triggering substantial additional permitting and regulatory requirements.
  • EPA ozone rule – the EPA proposed to tighten the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for ground-level ozone that could cost Wyoming’s economy tens of billions of dollars and thousands of jobs by setting the ground-level ozone standard at an onerously low level.
  • The Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement's rule – an overreach by the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement to rewrite federal regulations in order to expand their oversight of mining around streams.