The Environmental Protection Agency is close to releasing its Clean Power Plan, another new burdensome regulatory plan that is being questioned by a wide range of groups in the energy industry.
Almost 80 percent of Ohio’s electricity comes from coal-fired power plants. Ohio families and businesses rely on affordable, reliable energy from coal. It helps keep our energy bills low and employs thousands of people at energy plants across the state.
Ohio is right around the median when it comes to energy affordability in the United States and the EPA wants to raise our prices.
Uncertainty, caused by EPA’s regulations, spurred the House of Representatives into action. Recently, the Ratepayer Protection Act was passed by the House to stop the Clean Power Plan while the courts address legal challenges to CPP and to give Ohioans a break from EPA’s heavy-handed regulations.
Sadly the EPA’s refusal to listen to industry, state and public input is not without precedent. When considering the redefinition of “Waters of the United States”, the agency did not take into account the opinions of their state counterparts. Additionally, at the end of June, the Supreme Court found the EPA acted unreasonably in failing to consider compliance costs when proposing new rules for power plants.
The EPA pushes forward with an agenda that will result in consumers paying more for energy and our nation’s electrical grid becoming less reliable and secure.
It is time to put aside partisan agendas when it comes to the nation’s energy security. I encourage the EPA to start from scratch and work with stakeholders and industry partners to create a commonsense plan that strengthens our energy infrastructure rather than jeopardizes it.
Congressman Bob Gibbs may be reached by mailing 329 Cannon HOB, Washington,D.C. 20515, phone 202-225-6265; fax 202-225-3394; to email, visit his website at https://gibbs.house.gov/contact-me/email-me.