With no significant warming occurring in the last 17 years, are these rules from the Obama EPA really necessary? What do rules like this mean for Virginia families?
Via The Hill
Forty-five senators are pressing the Environmental Protection Agency to delay new rules on limiting carbon emissions from power plants.
The senators are asking the EPA to extend a public comment period for the rules, which could also delay their issuance.
The agency is set to unveil the proposed rule, which seeks to limit the carbon output of existing coal-fired power plants, on June 2.
The senators are pressuring the EPA to set a 120-day comment period rather than the standard 60-day comment period. That would double the normal allotted for industry, consumers, businesses, and states to give their two cents on the rule.
Fifteen Democrats signed the letter, including the four seen as most vulnerable in the midterm elections: Sens. Mary Landrieu (La.), Mark Warner (Va), Mark Pryor (Ark.) and Mark Begich (Alaska).
In asking for the delay, the senators said utilities and consumers need more time to analyze the rule.
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In layman’s terms, under a rule like this, the government sets a cap on the total amount of carbon that can be emitted nationally. Companies would have to spend a lot of money to retrofit their operations. Where would they get the money? From consumers.
As then-Senator Obama stated in 2008, electricity rates would skyrocket as the whole point of a rule like this is to hike the price of electricity and gas so that Americans will use less. Basically, it's cap and trade without going through Congress.
Mark Warner wants Virginians to believe that Americans use too much energy. As Ross Kaminsky notes, this is simply not true.
Virginians deserve better representation in Congress. Someone who does not want to control your life and someone who would tell you the truth.
And that's NOT Mark Warner.