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Washington, D.C. – EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy reiterated familiar claims about her agency’s newly proposed carbon regulations in front of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee this morning. McCarthy was the sole witness at her first Congressional hearing on the matter since the rule was released in early June.


The American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity (ACCCE) cried foul on Administrator McCarthy’s completely misleading characterization of the regulations and vowed to continue illuminating the truth and setting the record straight.


“Ahead of EPA’s public hearing tour next week, during what the agency has claimed will be an honest conversation with stakeholders, we were hopeful that Administrator McCarthy would finally own up to the true costs of her agency’s carbon regulations. Instead, she fed us the same lines we’ve heard over and over again, sending our Pinocchio meter off the charts and making it crystal clear that this administration will spare no one to execute its costly climate change mission,” said Laura Sheehan, senior vice president for communications at ACCCE. “Administrator McCarthy must be reading a completely different document than the one her agency put forth on June 2, calling the rule the most ‘respectful’ she ‘has ever been involved in at the federal level.’ In reality, we know that the rule, a carbon copy of a radical and unworkable Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) proposal, offers limited flexibility to states and will leave American consumers footing the exorbitant bill—all for negligible climate benefits.”


Administrator McCarthy claimed that states have enormous flexibility to achieve the stipulated targets in EPA’s proposal. In reality, however,...

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