The Environmental Protection Agency published its “Clean Power Plan” in the Federal Register on Friday, setting off 60 days of official public comment and challenges. Some two dozen states immediately filed lawsuits in the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. The Clean Power Plan represents the first federal rules limiting the emission of carbon dioxide from existing power plants. The rule aims to reduce CO2 emissions 32 percent from 2005 levels by 2030 to stop what the Obama administration sees as dangerous, human-caused global warming. Indiana disagrees.Indiana and 23 other states immediately filed suit challenging the regulation.
Governor Mike Pence issued the following statement regarding the final regulation and the lawsuit: “I firmly believe that the EPA’s carbon dioxide regulation exceeds the authority granted to the EPA by Congress under the Clean Air Act, and I am pleased that our Attorney General is working with attorneys general from across the country to invalidate the regulation in court.
Indiana agriculture depends on reliable and low cost energy, and Pence says that is what our state has been able to provide using coal, “We have historically produced more than 80 percent of our electricity from coal, and Hoosiers know that coal means jobs and low-cost energy.” He added the filing of today’s lawsuit is another step in fighting back against the Obama Administration’s war on coal.
The Heartland Institute, a free-market think tank, issued a statement saying, “EPA’s so-called Clean Power Plan is not only bad policy, it is an unlawful expansion of EPA’s power. No amount of money or power will ever appease the EPA bureaucracy. It is time for the courts to hold EPA accountable to the law and restore power to the American people.”