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Sen. Enzi: Obama Trying to 'Kill Coal' With Energy Regulations

By Sandy Fitzgerald   |   Saturday, 31 May 2014 10:07 AM

President Barack Obama has "set out to kill coal" with his plans for cutting carbon emissions regulations like his proposed national energy tax, Sen. Mike Enzi said Saturday.

"We all want clean air and clean water," Wyoming's Enzi said in this week's GOP address. "We don’t want costly regulations that make little or no difference, that are making things less affordable. Republicans want electricity and gas when you need it, at a price you can afford.”

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On Monday, Obama plans to announce his decision to use his executive power to cut carbon emissions by up to 20 percent, a move that would be "the strongest action ever taken by an American president to tackle climate change," The New York Times reports.

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The initiative would allow states to use cap-and-trade systems, which let companies emitting pollutants buy and sell greenhouse gas emission allowances. A cap is set on the total number of permits to dispense carbon emissions. Companies that emit larger amounts of greenhouse gases can buy additional permits from companies that don’t need to emit as many.

"The Administration has set out to kill coal and its 800,000 jobs," said Enzi of Obama's plan. "if it succeeds in death by regulation, we’ll all be paying a lot more money for electricity — if we can get it. Our pocketbook will be lighter, but our country will be darker. "

In addition to backing such stringent rules, the Obama administration "slow walks approval of oil and gas production," Enzi said. "It's death by delay for the Keystone XL pipeline."

Enzi on Saturday also took issue with an administration plan to help reduce student loan debt for "a few" college graduates.

"The left is masterful at buying votes with other people’s money, but knocking a few dollars off the average monthly college loan payment does not make up for the policies they have enacted that make it harder for businesses to create jobs and Americans to make a living," said Enzi.

"There are better ways to help graduates and other Americans who want a better life," he continued. "We need to rapidly expand the job market."

Republican proposals help employers create jobs and students get a good education, but the Democrats' student loan plan does not make college affordable, doesn't reduce how much students have to borrow, or do anything about lack of jobs graduates face, said Enzi.

"The proposal would increase the federal debt [at $17 trillion] by $400 billion more," said Enzi. "The only way to claim it wouldn’t is to use more phony accounting."

"The proposal would also set a dangerous precedent by making private debt into public debt, not to mention that it would enact a job-destroying tax that the Senate’s already rejected," said Enzi.

Republicans have also introduced bills to help more high school students attend colleges of their choice, while creating jobs, pointed out Enzi.

"The more involved the federal government becomes in something, the more it seems to cost," said Enzi, also pointing out the problems with Obamacare.

"In the early days of selling his health care plan, the President said it was going to bring health care prices down," said Enzi. "I warned then that we would see massive increases in not only what patients pay, but also what the federal government has to pay."

But premiums are climbing as the Internal Revenue Service prepares to collect heavy taxes.

"There are better ways to ensure more people have improved, affordable healthcare," said Enzi, noting he wants to repeal Obamacare and replace it with "commonsense, patient-centered reforms."

"America was built on citizens having the freedom to make choices that best fit them as individuals," said Enzi. "That’s what Republican education, Republican health care, and other proposals do."

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