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Congress Reminds Obama of His Plan of Empty Promises

President Obama will soon be heading to Europe to sell his so-called Clean Power Plan to world leaders. Before he goes, however, the gaping holes in his rule will be showcased during Wednesday’s House Science, Space, and Technology Committee hearing appropriately titled, “The Administration’s Empty Promises for the International Climate Treaty.” Led by Texas Congressman and committee chairman Lamar Smith, the hearing will reveal exactly what Obama and EPA are delivering to our country and to leaders around the world: empty promises.

We’ve told you before the president’s power plan will cause huge spikes in electricity costs. Now NERA Economic Consulting vice president Dr. Anne Smith will explain just how our country will be impacted by detailing NERA’s recent study which found the power plan would:

  • Raise energy prices in all of the Lower 48 states
  • Cause peak year price increase of at least 20 percent in 28 states and more than 30 percent in 14 states
  • Cost up to $292 billion in compliance costs

Chairman Smith said, “The pledge to the U.N. is estimated to prevent only a 0.03-degree Celsius temperature rise. There is a reason the president chose to bypass Congress in order to negotiate a climate deal on his own. The president’s plan gives control of U.S. energy policy to unelected United Nations officials. This plan ignores good science and only seeks to advance a partisan political agenda.”

With financial distress this plan would cause and next to zilch environmental benefits, it’s clear why 27 states are suing the Obama Administration and legislators in both chambers are filing a resolution of disapproval to prevent the Environmental Protection Agency from enacting its costly plan.

President Obama should remember one thing when he’s bragging about his power plan to other nations at COP21: His own country isn’t backing him up because his plan causes too much economic ruin for American families. It’s time the president think about just what he’s actually selling – a shiny yet costly and ineffective plan at the expense of American families – when he goes to Paris.


New numbers reveal EPA’s plan will send electricity prices soaring

New analysis from NERA Economic Consulting on the Environmental Protection Agency’s final carbon rule for existing power plants reveals what we’ve been saying all along –consumers and businesses will be hit hard by skyrocketing electricity price increases. With its expensive price tag of nearly $300 billion, you would expect to see significant environmental benefits, right? Wrong. The so-called Clean Power Plan will have no effect on its purported claim of reducing global greenhouse gas emissions.

Here’s a rundown of how the dice fall if EPA’s rule goes into effect:

  • States get hit hard. Utah, North Dakota and Wyoming are disproportionately affected by the costly power plan and will experience electricity rate increases in excess of 40 percent.
  • Cap and trade by another name still means higher electricity rates. EPA claims its cap and trade lookalike scheme is cost-saving and “efficient” but NERA’s analysis proves otherwise showing a national average increase as high as 14 percent.

These numbers are especially dire for the 59 million middle- and low-income families who bring home on average less than $2,000 a month and already spend 17 percent of their hard-earned dollars on energy. To make ends meet and keep the lights on, they’ll have to shave precious dollars off of other necessities like groceries and health care.

The conclusion of NERA’s analysis is clear: higher electricity prices are on their way courtesy of EPA. It’s time the president and his bureaucratic chums look at the math and determine if they’re really willing to put our country’s families into financial turmoil in order to fulfill their political goals.

For a full picture of the how the numbers will play out if the president and EPA have their way, click here.

Obama plans on playing trick or treat at climate conference

Forget Halloween ghosts and goblins – you should be scared of what President Obama is plotting for the upcoming United Nations Climate Change Conference. The president is traveling to Paris to tout the Environmental Protection Agency’s legally flawed carbon plan with the hope of striking an international climate deal at the conference.

The president is clearly in the holiday spirit because his plans in Paris include a lot of “trick or treating.” He will be handing out treats to participating nations by parading EPA’s carbon plan as an example other countries should follow and committing American taxpayer dollars to helping other countries reduce their carbon emissions. American residents, meanwhile, will only get tricks, as his draconian carbon plan saddles our country with restrictions on new and existing power plants that will drive up electricity prices for American families.

Here’s a haunting thought: The president is willing to sweet talk his way into convincing other countries’ leaders to buy into his flawed plan, but he won’t be talking about the opposition to the his plan here at home. Twenty-four states have filed a lawsuit against EPA to stop implementation of the plan and elected officials in Washington, D.C., and across the country are speaking out about the obvious legal flaws and devastating costs. The upcoming climate change talks should not be another platform for him to sign an agreement that would usurp our nation’s laws and impose more pain on the American people.

Obama has no business deciding who gets tricks or treats this year. As the climate talks draw near, be aware of the costly changes that are in store for our nation as we get tricked by our own president.


Carson and Trump need to stop hiding on EPA carbon plan

We’re well into Halloween season and we’re asking Republican presidential candidates Donald Trump and Ben Carson to take off their masks during tonight’s Republican Presidential Debate in Colorado. Residents in coal-powered states like Colorado, which derives 64 percent of its electricity from coal, deserve to know what the two leading candidates have in store for President Obama’s carbon plan. The costs of this plan on American families are simply too high for these frontrunners to ignore.

It’s imperative Trump and Carson – who have yet to inform the public where they stand on the president’s expensive scheme, which drastically cuts carbon emissions in both new and existing power plants and cost taxpayers billions  – do so during tonight’s debate.


The debate titled “Your Money, Your Vote,” conveniently serves as a vehicle for Carson and Trump, as well as the eight other GOP hopefuls attending, to tell the country how they plan to defend taxpayers against this costly measure.

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, Ohio Governor John Kasich and Florida Senator Marco Rubio have publicly denounced the plan and their states are suing EPA for its lawless attempt to take over how states generate electricity. Carly Fiorina and Rick Santorum vow to stop the expensive regulation its tracks if elected president while Jeb Bush, Mike Huckabee and Ted Cruz all warn EPA’s illegal plan will cause energy prices to soar for consumers.

That takes us back to Trump and Carson. The 59 low- and middle-income households—nearly one million in Colorado alone— who won’t be able to afford to keep the lights on if energy prices soar are wondering: how will these two presidential hopefuls combat EPA’s money-sucking plan?

They may be popular in the polls, but now it’s time for them to put away their Halloween costumes and turn their attention to the financial wellbeing of our country’s consumers.

EPA’s Carbon Plan’s “Numerous Legal Deficiencies” Glare During House Hearing

The House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce’s subcommittee on Energy and Power hearing on “EPA’s CO2 Regulations for New and Existing Power Plants: Legal Perspectives” drove home some glaring truths about the Environmental Protection Agency’s carbon plan. Chief among them is the fact the plan is blatantly illegal and that EPA is vastly exceeding its authority to craft and impose state energy policy.

It was evident at the hearing that the administration and EPA bypassed the legislative branch when imposing its so-called Clean Power Plan to ensure it avoids being shot down in Congress.

Subcommittee Chairman Ed Whitfield (R-KY) said, “The discrepancy between what EPA is trying to do and what the Clean Air Act actually allows is so wide that I am confident that these rules will not withstand judicial scrutiny.”

Experts and elected officials across the board compared the likeness of EPA’s so-called Clean Power Plan to the Obama Administration’s “cap and trade.” West Virginia’s general solicitor Elbert Lin  and expert legal witness Allison Wood both testified that EPA’s carbon scheme is “cap and trade” reincarnated – legislation  which failed in a Democratic-controlled Congress five years ago because it was expensive and impractical for American taxpayers.

Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) said, “The EPA is regulating where the administration failed to legislate, issuing final rules for CO2 emissions from new and existing power plants that seek to fundamentally change the way we generate, distribute, and consume electricity here in the United States.”

It was made apparent, however, that EPA’s plan is much bigger than just a legal battle. Behind all of the legal technicalities, the financial future of millions of American families is at stake.

Upton warned, “Left unaddressed they [EPA’s plan] could lead to higher electric bills, an increased likelihood of blackouts, and lost American jobs. The new EPA’s regulations on their own do significant damage – but cumulatively they will break the camel’s back.”

We commend Congressmen Upton, Whitfield and the expert witnesses who testified about the truth behind EPA’s illegal rule and for standing up against the administration’s blatant attempt to usurp  states’ constitutional authority.

Hearing exposes the ugly truth about EPA’s carbon plan

Our take-away from the Energy and Power Subcommittee hearing last week: The Environmental Protection Agency’s carbon rule, endorsed by President Barack Obama, is a one-way ticket to economic disaster. Not only will it cost American taxpayers $192 billion a year, it will also force households in 39 states to deal with soaring, double-digit electricity price increases.

Fred Upton of Michigan, chairman of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, defended states and electric-bill-paying residents during the Oct. 7 hearing. He described EPA’s current carbon scheme as a “massive economy-wide energy tax” and rightly compared it to the unpopular cap and trade legislation of 2009.

Ohio Congressman Bob Latta confirmed these striking similarities and said, “Make no mistake, the Clean Power Plan is merely a rebranding of the administration’s failed, rejected cap and trade legislation. This is another example of the president looking to build a legacy rather than lasting, common sense policy that will benefit the American public.”

Janet McCabe, EPA’s acting assistant administrator in the Office of Air and Radiation, claimed the agency’s carbon plan is considerate of each state’s cost concerns; the expected electricity price increases up to 42 percent suggest otherwise.

“As it is, electricity rates have risen in recent years, and other EPA regulations have been a contributor,” Upton said. “The rules we’re examining today will further add to this burden that disproportionately hurts low-income households and will continue to threaten grid reliability across the country.”

Kansas Congressman Mike Pompeo was also outraged by EPA’s calculated attempt to control states’ carbon emissions while hiking up electricity prices. His state alone will face an electricity price increases of up to 31 percent if the plan is implemented.

“These policies could increase electricity and gas prices by more than $750 per year for the average Kansas household when fully implemented, which would be disastrous for our families and businesses,” Pompeo said. “EPA should cease and desist its attacks on Kansas ratepayers.”

GOP leaders Upton, Latta and Pompeo deserve a round of applause for last week’s hearing  likening the Obama Administration’s failed attempt to enact cap and trade to its new, fundamentally flawed scheme. McCabe and her EPA cronies have no choice but to take a hard look at the financial burden Americans will endure if this plan goes into effect.

The Future of Energy: 2016 Presidential Candidates on Powering America

The pool of individuals vying for the presidency has long since been in the double digits and continued to grow just this week. For the average family, staying informed on the specific stances of the multitude of candidates can be a daunting task. That’s why America’s Power is helping voters cut through the noise through a series of events called “The Road to 2016.”

In a hyper-politicized age, Americans too often only hear about the controversial, hot-button issue of the day. Which is precisely why The Road to 2016 is designed to help citizens learn about the candidates’ views on topics like energy that can too easily be drowned out by incessant loops of the same political soundbite.

Energy issues are critical to the political discourse leading up to November 2016. The future of the coal industry affects the jobs and livelihoods of more than 700,000 people, as well as electricity prices for every American. Families across the country must understand candidates’ stances on the many issues facing the energy sector and the role it plays in ensuring a healthy economy.

Carly FiorinaAmerica’s Power recently hosted presidential candidate and businesswoman Carly Fiorina in Denver, Colorado, as part of The Road to 2016 series. Given the recent onslaught of regulations from the Environmental Protection Agency, Fiorina spoke of the impact these rules will have on the American economy. Fiorina in particular addressed the agency’s upcoming carbon regulations, noting: “They’re terrible. Every single one of them ought to be repealed.” She went on to state: “It’s impossible for any single nation acting alone to make any difference at all” when it comes to climate change. If elected president, Fiorina would incentivize companies to invest in clean coal technologies, saying: “The answer to energy is not regulation. It’s innovation.”

In addition to Denver, America’s Power traveled to Des Moines, Iowa in April for an event featuring Governor Bobby Jindal, former Governor Rick Perry and former Senator Rick Santorum. Additional events will be held throughout the year, with the next installment on June 28 in Columbia, South Carolina. In an already inflammatory election cycle, The Road to 2016 is providing a much-needed platform for the American people to hear direct and substantive answers on important energy questions.

Political Theater vs Stark Reality

Two years ago, President Obama stood outside on a typical, swampy summer day in D.C. to announce the launch of his Climate Action Plan. Giving the speech outdoors, where the White House knew those in the audience and media would soon be drenched in sweat, demonstrated the dramatic showmanship the President is willing to go to peddle his climate crusade to the American people.

Unfortunately for millions of American families the president’s agenda isn’t just theater but an all-out quest to curtail the use of coal-based electricity, which currently provides nearly 40 percent of America’s power.  No one is sure where his quest will ultimately end, but we know the result if it isn’t halted – less reliable, more expensive energy.

As energy costs go up and already struggling families attempt to navigate which bills to pay to keep the lights on or whether they can afford their favorite Chinese takeout, the reality of the President’s message to them will kick in: You Choose – #LightsOrLoMein.

To underscore this stark reality we developed and delivered fortune cookies to reporters and others that predict the “mis-fortunes” associated with the President’s plan:

  • Pay electric or grocery bill? Tough choices ahead for families.
  • Take meds or . . . Keep the lights on?
  • As temps rise, so will your electricity bills.
  • Keep the lights on or go to sleep hungry?
  • Eat the cost of electricity or eat dinner?
  • Family pocketbooks will shrink as power bills rise.

For nearly half of American households who on average are living on just $1,900 a month and spending 17 percent of their income on energy these aren’t just kitschy phrases, but rather a tragic reality. Too many of them are already missing meals or skipping needed healthcare as a result of high energy bills, we can only imagine how much harder their lives will be if the President’s vision becomes reality.

We hope the president understands the impossible choices his policies will force on American families. He should do the right thing by calling a halt to his politicized agenda so that families can indulge in Lo Mein with the lights on.