WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt
(Mo.) released the following statement after the Environmental Protect Agency
(EPA) finalized the Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule, which replaces the
Obama-era Clean Power Plan (CPP):
“The EPA’s new rule strikes
exactly the right balance between reducing emissions and ensuring Missourians
have access to reliable, affordable energy. The previous administration’s
misguided plan failed to take into account the costly impact it would have on
families, farmers and ranchers, and small businesses in states like ours that
have historically relied on coal as an affordable energy source. I’m glad the
Trump administration has taken this important action to protect families while advancing
an all-of-the-above energy policy.”
Missourians have historically
relied on coal to power more than 80 percent of our electricity, and Blunt has
consistently fought to protect Missouri families from the CPP. According to a
NERA Economic Consulting study, the Obama administration’s energy regulations
would have added up to $39 billion in annual compliance costs.
In August 2018, Blunt voiced his support for
the proposed ACE rule when it was first announced. In
February 2018, Blunt commended
EPA for holding a listening session in Kansas City, Mo., to hear Missourians’
feedback on the proposed repeal of the CPP. In October 2017, Blunt praised
EPA’s announcement that it would issue a new rule withdrawing the CPP.
In February 2016, the Supreme
Court blocked implementation of the CPP 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.
November 2015, Blunt cosponsored two Senate-passed resolutions
that would have stopped the Obama
administration from implementing the CPP. In May 2015, Blunt cosponsored
bipartisan Affordable Reliable Energy Now Act, which also would have rolled
back these harmful regulations.