Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Whitfield continues to push back against Clean Power Plan

Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-KY)
Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-KY)
U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-KY), who chairs the Energy and Power Subcommittee, recently criticized statements from Edison Electric Institute representatives regarding the Clean Power Plan.

“I have strong concerns with recent comments made by representatives of the Edison Electric Institute (EEI), whose members make up about 70 percent of the power sector,” Whifield said. “EEI appears to be using EPA’s [Environmental Protection Agency] own talking points, claiming the Clean Power Plan ‘will be a driver of market forces already underway,’ that the ‘Clean Power Plan affords a good deal of flexibility for the states…’” These claims are not representative of the positions of many of the country’s electric utilities.”

Whitfield pointed out that 27 states and industry stakeholders have challenged the EPA’s plan and renewed his assertion that the Supreme Court decision to temporarily stay its implementation is a victory for those who wish to see it permanently blocked.

“We should not succumb to this President and his extreme climate-driven policies,”  Whitfield said. “We should take note of the recent Supreme Court decision and stay the course challenging its legal validity, for the devastating impacts this rule will have on our American families and businesses cannot be ignored.”


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