Whitfield: Resolutions against new EPA power-plant rules aim to protect consumers

U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-KY), chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee’s  Energy and Power Subcommittee, issued a statement this week regarding two resolutions that were passed by the subcommittee on Tuesday that express disapproval over two final rules issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for new and existing power plants.

“These rules will produce not only higher electric rates, but also pose threats to electricity reliability and result in a substantial loss of jobs,” Whitfield said. “In my view, the discrepancy between what EPA is trying to do and what the Clean Air Act actually allows is so wide that these resolutions are appropriate. More than half the states in the country have already filed legal challenges to the rule for existing plants, and this extraordinary level of opposition is telling, given that EPA claims they collaborated with the states. These resolutions of disapproval offer an opportunity to restore the rule of law and protect ratepayers across the country.”

Whitfield introduced H.J. Res. 71 and H.J. Res 72 under the Congressional Review Act in an effort to protect grid reliability and ratepayers around the country from higher electricity prices.