Saturday, July 13, 2024

Senators Kennedy and Capito Introduce Resolution to Block Biden Administration’s Clean Power Plan 2.0

by BIZ Magazine

MADISONVILLE, La. – Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) and Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), alongside 42 Senate colleagues, have introduced a Congressional Review Act (CRA) joint resolution of disapproval aimed at blocking the Biden administration’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from implementing its Clean Power Plan 2.0. This plan seeks to regulate emissions from coal and natural gas power plants by mandating the installation of carbon capture equipment.

The Clean Power Plan 2.0, finalized by the EPA on April 25, 2024, aims to reduce emissions from existing coal-fired and new gas-fired plants by 90% by 2032. Critics, however, argue that the plan imposes unrealistic goals and represents an overreach by the EPA, potentially increasing energy costs amid high inflation.

Opposition and Legal Precedents

Sen. Kennedy emphasized the plan’s economic impact and regulatory overreach, stating, “The Biden administration’s Clean Power Plan 2.0 is yet another attempt to force a radical climate agenda on Louisianians and Americans. The plan is not only an overreach by the EPA, but it also will drive up costs at a time when inflation is sky-high. Congress should block it immediately.”

Sen. Capito echoed these sentiments, highlighting the Supreme Court’s 2022 decision in West Virginia v. EPA, which ruled that the EPA lacked authority to regulate emissions under the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan. She asserted, “With this Congressional Review Act resolution of disapproval, every member of Congress will have the opportunity to protect America’s energy future, heed the warnings of our nation’s electric grid operators, and adhere to the precedent set by the Supreme Court.”

Broader Implications

The proposed Clean Power Plan 2.0 is part of the Biden administration’s broader climate strategy aimed at significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Proponents argue that the plan is essential for combating climate change and transitioning to cleaner energy sources. However, opponents, including the co-sponsors of this resolution, argue that the plan could jeopardize energy reliability and economic stability, especially in states reliant on coal and natural gas.

As Congress prepares to vote on this resolution, the debate underscores the ongoing tension between environmental regulations and economic considerations in shaping America’s energy policy. The outcome will not only influence the regulatory landscape but also signal the legislative stance on future climate initiatives.

For more information, contact Sen. John Kennedy’s office or visit the official Senate website.

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