Aug 03 2015
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) released the following statement regarding the
“Arkansans depend on our reliable and affordable source of electricity. Unfortunately, EPA’s proposal makes Arkansas families vulnerable to high energy costs, electricity blackouts and job cuts.
That pain falls hardest on low-income families and seniors living on a fixed-income who will be forced to pay more for electricity and many other essential needs. These news rules will drive industry overseas, hurting American workers and creating foreign factories that emit far more than we would.
We will fight this mandate in Congress and I suspect it will face strong legal challenges. The Clean Air Act was enacted to protect the public from harmful pollution. It was not intended to address climate change concerns. The Administration has once again overstepped it bounds to enact policy that Congress would reject.
The way to continue reducing emissions is through innovation, technology and positive incentives. Arkansans are willing to do their part to protect the environment but with commonsense policies. A real 'clean power plan’ will encourage innovation and promote the use of our natural resources in all-of-the-above energy mix that includes renewables such as solar, wind, hydropower and biomass along with reliable sources like clean coal, emissions-free nuclear and clean natural gas.”