ACCCE Commends Senate EPW Committee for Holding EPA’s Feet to the Fire

By ACCCE

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee held a hearing today entitled, Implications of the Supreme Court Stay of the Clean Power Plan.  The hearing discussed the status of President Obama’s Power Plan in the wake of the historic and unprecedented Supreme Court stay of the rule.

“All branches of our government must come to realize the administration’s Power Plan represents an unprecedented intrusion into states’ rights,” said Mike Duncan, president & CEO of the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity.

On February 9, 2016, the Supreme issued a historic stay, which puts the Power Plan on hold until completion of judicial review.  In a recent poll, in which respondents were asked if they agree with the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to suspend the Power Plan while the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals reviews its legality, 49 percent expressed “total support” for the stay (with 24 percent opposing and 27 percent sharing no opinion).

“We thank Chairman Inhofe and his colleagues for calling attention to the importance of the Supreme Court’s extraordinary stay of this illegal rulemaking. Without the stay in place, states would be forced to make long-term decisions that could needlessly result in lost jobs and higher energy bills,” Duncan said.

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The American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity is a partnership of the industries involved in producing electricity from coal.  Coal, an abundant and affordable American energy resource, provides nearly 35 percent of our power.  By 2019, the coal-based power industry is expected to have invested more than $126 billion to reduce emissions and to use this critical resource more cleanly and efficiently than ever before.

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