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Blunt: Relief from Costly Energy Regulations Can’t Come Soon Enough

March 28, 2017

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) today applauded President Trump’s Executive Order that begins dismantling one of the most expensive and burdensome Obama administration energy policies: the so-called Clean Power Plan.

“Missouri families are facing up to double-digit increases in their utility bills under the EPA’s out-of-control energy regulations, and relief can’t come soon enough,” Blunt said. “This Executive Order is an important step toward protecting low and middle-income Americans who can least afford higher costs on everything from gas to groceries.”

The CPP was finalized on August 3, 2015 by the Obama administration’s Environmental Protection Agency. The plan imposes excessive, costly burdens on new and existing power plants. According to a NERA Economic Consulting study, the plan would add up to $39 billion in annual compliance costs. These costs will inevitably be passed on to businesses and consumers, amounting to a national energy tax on anyone who harvests a crop, flips a light switch, or visits a doctor’s office. 

Blunt continued, “The so-called Clean Power Plan is one of the most glaring examples of executive overreach under the Obama administration, and it needs to go. I’m glad we now have an administration that backs an all-of-the-above energy policy that will boost energy-intensive sectors, like manufacturing and agriculture, and make it easier for hardworking families to make ends meet.”

Missourians have historically relied on coal to power over 80 percent of our electricity, and Blunt has consistently fought to protect Missouri families from the CPP.

“The Clean Power Plan would have significantly increased electric rates, potentially closed many coal plants in Missouri and killed our state's economy,” said Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives CEO Barry Hart. “From the initial proposal of the Clean Power Plan by the Obama administration to President Trump’s repeal of the rule, Blunt has worked side by side with us to give Missourians a voice in Washington. The previous administration did not listen to rural Missourians and cooperative members, but the good news is, we have a new administration and everyone’s hard work, including Blunt’s, is going to pay off.”

In February of last year, the Supreme Court blocked implementation of the CPP while litigation brought by 27 states, including Missouri, proceeds in the courts. Blunt joined 200 of his colleagues in an amicus brief supporting the states’ case.

In November of 2015, Blunt cosponsored two Senate-passed resolutions that would have stopped the administration from implementing the CPP. In May of 2015, Blunt cosponsored the bipartisan Affordable Reliable Energy Now Act, which also would have rolled back these harmful regulations.

In December of 2014, Blunt filed comments urging the EPA to withdraw the proposed CPP rule for existing power plants. In January of 2014, he led a bipartisan group of 21 Senators in sending a letter to President Obama urging him to stop punishing the most vulnerable American families with higher utility bills.

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