Senator Lamar Alexander on Thursday released the following statement on the introduction of a congressional resolution of disapproval by Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed rule to enforce strict pollution standards on new coal plants, forcing them to reduce or capture at least 40 percent of their carbon emissions:
“The Obama administration must think our country, which uses 20 to 25 percent of all the electricity in the world, can operate on windmills. For most power plants there is no proven, commercially viable way to capture and store or reuse carbon emissions. This regulation will only drive up prices, drive down job growth, and effectively ban new coal plants in this country. If the administration is serious about clean, reliable, inexpensive electricity, it should abandon this regulation.”
Senator Alexander is an original cosponsor of McConnell’s resolution, which would prevent the EPA from moving forward with its planned regulation. Under the Congressional Review Act, Congress may disapprove of certain regulatory rules issued by federal agencies by enacting a joint resolution of disapproval. The Senate may use the procedure for 60 days of session after the agency sends the rule to Congress. If enacted, Senator McConnell’s resolution would block the rule from taking effect.
Senator Alexander is a member of the Senate’s Energy and Natural Resources Committee and the lead Republican on the Senate Appropriations Committee’s Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development.