September 25, 2013

Rules will ‘kill jobs,’ Hoeven says

Lawmakers and coal industry representatives are not happy with rules they say could kill jobs.
Sens. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D. and John Hoeven, R-N.D. both issued statements last week regarding the Environmental Protection Agency’s rules for new coal-fired power plants. The rules would limit coal-fired units from releasing more than 1,100 pounds of carbon dioxide per megawatt hour. It would also call for tighter restrictions on natural gas facilities.
“The new rule the EPA released today will clearly have a negative impact on the energy industry and the American people,” Hoeven said in the press release. “It will kill jobs, weaken our economy and deprive American families and businesses access to affordable energy. The rule goes too far too fast, effectively making it cost-prohibitive to build modern, coal-fired generating facilities.”
The rules are part of President Barack Obama’s plan to reduce carbon emissions across the nation. He outlined his plan in June, adding the country needs to do something to stop global warming. Obama noted that the county had experienced 12 of its hottest years in the last 15.
“Don’t tell workers that they have to choose between the health of our children and the health of our economy,” Obama said during his speech at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. “It’s not an either-or. It’s a both-and.”
But the North Dakota senators and Lignite Energy Council disagree, saying the EPA has made a decision that belongs to Congress.


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