WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR), a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, released the following statement in response to President Obama’s war on affordable energy:
“President Obama’s proposed regulations for power plants will hurt Arkansas families, farmers and businesses, without providing any significant benefits. Congress rejected the President’s cap-and-trade policy, so now he is bypassing the will of the legislative branch and imposing a similar plan bit by bit. President Obama says it won’t cost much and that if you like affordable energy, you can keep affordable energy, but like his other promises, we know that actions speak louder than words.
“The U.S. Chamber of Commerce predicts that the President’s plan will shrink the economy by at least $51 billion and destroy more than 200,000 jobs each year between now and 2030. This is another example of bureaucrats trying to control climate from their desks in Washington, with no concern for the pain it will cause. Unfortunately, that pain falls hardest on low-income families who will be forced to pay more for electricity and many other essential needs. As usual EPA is sending out misleading information that exaggerates the benefits and minimizes the costs.
“The President’s policy will drive industry overseas, hurting American workers and creating foreign factories that emit far more than we would. Instead, we need an all-of-the-above energy mix, including renewables and reliable sources like coal, nuclear, and natural gas. With better efficiency and new technology, we can reduce emissions and keep manufacturing here.”Boozman joined a bipartisan group of senators in May asking the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for a 120 day public comment period for the proposed rules. He is also strongly urging the President to reconsider this proposal.