With the election season in full swing, it might seem that Democrats and Republicans don’t agree on anything.
But one thing Democrats and Republicans have united on is their concern about new and proposed EPA regulations like Utility MACT, which was finalized late last month. Back in November, Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) warned that the EPA was rushing to promulgate regulations on power plants that could impact Nebraskans:
It’s not that the utilities, and hundreds of others nationwide, don’t want to comply with federal rules. They do. But they face major challenges in meeting deadlines set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency…I’m fighting against EPA bureaucrats requiring that the upgrade be done so fast they’ll have little choice but to raise electricity rates through the roof for many Nebraskans.
Once the Utility MACT rule was finalized by the EPA, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), was frustrated that the rule could cause coal-fueled power plants in his state to shutter, potentially leading to higher electricity prices for his constituents:
It will drive up electricity rates for all consumers, and increase the cost of any products that depend on electricity – which is just about everything. More than sixty percent of Wisconsin’s electric power comes from coal-fired plants … The Utility MACT rule promulgated by the EPA today will put many coal-fired plants out of business.
On the other side of the aisle, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) pushed for Congress to act in a bipartisan fashion to prevent these EPA regulations from negatively impacting the economies of his and other states:
Every American should be concerned about their effect on energy prices, the reliability of our power supply, our coal mining industry and most importantly our families … I hope that Congress will address these regulations … to prevent the potential loss of a million jobs, increased utility rates, and more damage to our economy.
Whether working on Capitol Hill or campaigning back in their home districts and states, Democrats and Republicans alike have one message: it’s time to slow down these proposed EPA regulations on power plants.