Simpson Applauds Supreme Court’s Decision on Clean Power Plants
Washington-Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson released the following statement regarding the Supreme Court’s decision to temporarily block one of the EPA’s rules regulating carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants.
“The Obama Administration’s rules impose a regulatory structure on our nation’s energy sector that is simply not viable, and even worse, it forces the American people to foot the bill,” said Simpson. “That is why I am pleased that the Supreme Court has put a hold on this rule before it has a chance to do irreparable harm to our economy. Republicans will continue to examine EPA’s overzealous rules through the legislative process so we protect American energy consumers from these burdensome costs and increased energy bills.”
Simpson has long opposed efforts to impose unworkable regulations on the energy sector that would do little to improve climate conditions but would impose prohibitive costs to consumers. In December, Congressman Simpson supported legislation that would employ the Congressional Review Act to ensure that the rule on existing power plant regulations would not go into effect. This bill passed the House and Senate but was vetoed by President Obama. Congressman Simpson has also supported language in appropriations bills that would block the EPA from implementing these regulations on new and existing power plants.