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WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) today called on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to hold a public hearing in Arkansas on the Administration’s proposed carbon emissions plan.

“President Obama couldn’t get his cap-and-trade policy through Congress, so now he is trying to accomplish it administratively and in a manner that gives Americans little opportunity for dissent. This is unacceptable. The Administration needs to make every effort to get feedback from Arkansans before pursuing a regulatory policy that will cause their energy prices to skyrocket,” Boozman said.

In a letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, Boozman explained that Arkansas will be among the hardest hit states if the proposal were implemented, and that the burden would be disproportionally felt by low-income and middle-income families.

“Only a few public hearings on this proposal have been planned, and none are scheduled in Arkansas. Regardless of whether our citizens support or oppose your efforts, their voices should be heard. Therefore, I urge you to expand the schedule to include public hearings on this rule in Arkansas and other hard-hit states,” Boozman wrote.

The full letter is attached below.

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