Red State Dems Blast Obama EPA Rules

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The Obama administration are “deniers” if they believe they can take drastic energy action without causing other deleterious effects, according to West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin.

“You know we talk about deniers. I would say they’re the deniers, not me. I think 7 billion people have had an impact and we have a responsibility. But also we have a responsibility to make sure that we still deliver even the light saving energy that people depend on and I think they are just throwing one caution off to the other,” Manchin told reporters Monday evening, reacting to the proposed rule from the Environmental Protection Agency.

Monday the EPA announced a rule that would cut carbon dioxide emissions from power plants by 30 percent nationwide below 2005 levels by 2030. Coal-state Democrats were generally not pleased.

“This is an unprecedented use of the Clean Air Act to wage war on an entire industry,” West Virginia Democratic Sen. Nick Rahall in a statement, who is facing a reelection challenge. “Rather than requiring individual plants to meet pollution control standards by installing pollution controls, EPA is now interpreting the law to give it the ability to set standards across fleets of coal-fired power plants, seeking to make reductions in a nebulous fashion. This is overt bootstrapping and makes this proposal even more attractive to legislate or litigate against.”



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