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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.

Thank You, Attorneys General

We’ve been saying all along that the carbon plan President Barack Obama and a horde of his Environmental Protection Agency friends issued is an overreaching and expensive burden on taxpayers. Now 26 states – realizing the danger this rule poses to states’ rights – are challenging the EPA in federal court.

The map below shows which states are defending their residents from EPA’s overreaching mandate:


According to West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, “EPA claims to have sweeping power to enact such regulations based on a rarely-used provision of the Clean Air Act, but such legal authority simply does not exist.”

He’s exactly right. As Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt said, the carbon plan is “an attempt by the administration to transfer decision-making on the fuels used to generate power from state policy makers to bureaucrats at the EPA.”

Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman describes her role in the lawsuit as the “people’s lawyer.”

Coffman recently said, “Everyday when I go to work, I have one priority: my duty to represent the legal interests of the people of Colorado. That means I can’t simply defer to the federal government or to the governor when I think they are wrong.”

The attorneys general are fighting against the plan’s legally flawed foundation; however, they are also fighting to protect the pocketbooks of the everyday Americans who will be forced to pay for the president’s folly.

EPA’s proposed carbon plan was projected to cause double-digit electricity rate increases in 40 states, with 17 states potentially facing electricity rate increases exceeding 20 percent.   When it comes to these types of cost increases, the 59 million low- and middle-income consumers who currently spend 17 percent of their income on energy have the most at stake – wondering where in their budgets they can squeeze in skyrocketing electricity rates.

That’s why every American needs to root for these valiant defenders of the law in striking down EPA’s expensive and lawless carbon scheme. We all owe them a debt of gratitude for doing everything possible to stop this regulation – now it’s time for the court of the land to decide.

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.

Just How Aware is the President During Energy Awareness Month?

It’s tough to think of October as Energy Awareness Month when the same administration that conjured up the concept is the same one touting a new rule to limit carbon emissions from new and existing power plants. The president’s plan will be a disaster for American families, especially low-income and minorities, raising their electricity prices and threatening energy reliability.

For a president who devoted an entire month to energy awareness, how could he be so blatantly unaware of his plan’s costly implications?

President Barack Obama proclaimed October the first ever Energy Awareness Month in 2009.  The original Energy Awareness Month encourages Americans to make smart energy choices and invest in energy efficiency and innovation – great ideas all of us can support up to a point.

Flash forward six years and it seems the focus has changed. Obama renewed the proclamation again this year, however, now there’s an emphasis on implementing an illegal and unworkable carbon reduction plan that will raid American household budgets. Obama’s plan hits consumers with costs that will drastically increase electricity prices for families and businesses. According to a study of the proposed plan, consumers and businesses can expect to pay a whopping $41 billion or more in implementation costs every year.

The administration may be rallying for its carbon plan during its so-called Energy Awareness Month, but a huge swath of the country is not. In fact, elected officials in 32 states  are on the record publically opposing the plan and better than 20 state attorneys general are expected to take legal action against the rule because it violates states’ rights.

Is the president unaware of the well-founded, widespread dislike for his plan? Or, is he so wedded to meeting his legacy goals that he just doesn’t care what costly consequences will be heaped on American families and businesses? Sadly, it appears to be the latter.

Energy awareness should mean being conscious of the outcomes our national energy policies produce.  It should mean endorsing sound, commonsense policies to ensure households and businesses have the energy they need, at prices that will not cause them to go bankrupt.  The overreaching carbon plan being foisted on the states and all of us fails those tests and should serve as a clarion call to make elected officials across the country aware of the ramifications of putting political agendas ahead of real world priorities.

Watch Out for the Rhetoric Tomorrow Night

Democratic presidential candidates take the stage tomorrow night for the first Democratic Primary Debate on CNN at 9 p.m. EST. Most of the contenders, particularly frontrunners like Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, are expected to show off shiny platforms that vilify fossil fuels. Taking it a step farther, these candidates will show they are in lock step with the president’s climate agenda, especially his recently issued Costly Power Plan.

Hillary Clinton is already rallying for the plan saying, “It’s a good plan, and I’d defend it. We can and must go further.” Candidates Bernie Sanders, Martin O’Malley and Lincoln Chafee all also publicly support the plan.

What the candidates will fail to vocalize is that the plan they are touting has the exact same costly flaws attached to it as the “cap and trade” legislation from Obama’s earlier years – which ended up ousting over three dozen of its supporters from their political seats.

Cap and Trade

Instead of learning from the past, the Democratic candidates are doubling down on the president’s plan to regulate where he couldn’t legislate. They will tout their credentials as champions for the working class yet they support energy policies that will leave families paying more for electricity. They will tell us broad support exists for action like the carbon plan despite recent political history showing us this type of policy is a political loser. Is this what we want from our next president? Someone who says one thing and does the opposite?

When you’re watching the debate, think twice about the candidates on stage who are supporting this political loser. If you’re appalled by a potential president who will continue to champion this faulty carbon plan – regardless of the facts – at the expense of our country’s taxpayers, it’s time to stand up against the current administration’s misguided carbon agenda.

Make sure candidates answer your carbon plan questions during the CNN debate tonight. Submit your question by tweeting or visiting CNN’s website.