The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed limits on carbon emissions from power plants is the latest in a series of regulations designed to further the administration’s unrealistic goal of carbon-free electricity by 2035. Fossil fuels provided 60 percent of our nation’s electricity last year, but EPA is set to upend grid reliability with this ill-advised rule.
Utilities have already announced plans to retire more than 40 percent of the remaining U.S. coal fleet by 2030. EPA’s proposed carbon rule would place the remainder in jeopardy of premature closure. The administration and EPA are gambling with the nation’s energy future, and we are not the only ones who think so. The Wall Street Journal called the rule “An EPA death sentence for fossil-fuel power plants,” and it triggered condemnation on Capitol Hill.
Here are a few of the statements from Senate and House members: