EPA Announcement Follows Three-Year Effort by Blunt to Stop Burdensome Rules
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) today applauded Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt’s announcement that he will issue a new rule withdrawing the so-called Clean Power Plan (CPP), one of the most expensive and burdensome Obama administration energy policies.
“With today’s announcement, hardworking Missourians no longer have to fear that they’ll be facing a double-digit increase in their utility bills because of the previous administration’s harmful energy regulations,” Blunt said. “The excessive new rules would have amounted to an additional tax anytime someone flipped on a light switch, harvested a crop, or paid for groceries. I applaud the Trump administration for delivering on its promise to provide relief for the low and middle-income families that would have been hit hardest by these regulations. I will continue working with the administration to advance a true all-of-the-above energy policy that will allow our most energy-intensive industries, like agriculture and manufacturing, to continue growing and creating good-paying jobs.”
According to a NERA Economic Consulting study, the Obama administration’s energy regulations would have added up to $39 billion in annual compliance costs. Missourians have historically relied on coal to power over 80 percent of our electricity, and Blunt has consistently fought to protect Missouri families from the CPP.
In April, Blunt welcomed Administrator Pruitt to the Thomas Hill Energy Center in Clifton Hill, Mo., where they toured the energy plant and heard from workers, Missouri Electric Cooperative members, and agricultural leaders about the impact excessive regulations have on their jobs and industries. In his remarks, Blunt commended the Trump administration for the swift action it has taken to rein in the previous administration’s Waters of the United States Rules and the CPP, both of which imposed burdensome, costly red tape on the energy and agriculture sectors.
In February of last year, the Supreme Court blocked implementation of the plan while litigation brought by 27 states, including Missouri, proceeded in the courts. Blunt joined 200 of his colleagues in an amicus brief supporting the states’ case.
In November 2015, Blunt cosponsored two Senate-passed resolutions that would have stopped the Obama administration from implementing the CPP. In May 2015, Blunt cosponsored the bipartisan Affordable Reliable Energy Now Act, which also would have rolled back these harmful regulations.
In December 2014, Blunt filed comments urging the EPA to withdraw the proposed CPP rule for existing power plants. In January 2014, he led a bipartisan group of 21 Senators in sending a letter to President Obama urging him to stop punishing the most vulnerable American families with higher utility bills.