Rep. Shimkus: Reverse EPA Rules by Electing GOP Senate

Wednesday, 18 Jun 2014 03:19 PM

By Courtney Coren

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The best way to combat new Environmental Protection Agency regulations is for Republicans to win the majority in the Senate in the midterm elections in November, says Rep. John Shimkus.

"The only thing we can do is get through the election cycle and make this case known and hopefully switch the Senate," Shimkus, an Illinois Republican and member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, told J.D. Hayworth on "America's Forum" on Newsmax TV on Wednesday.

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"Then we can put things on the president's desk, maybe tied to spending bills and other aspects that would force a change," he explained.

The EPA announced in early June that it plans to cut carbon dioxide emissions by 30 percent in 15 years by imposing new rules on the largest sources of greenhouse gasses in the country, power plants. The new rules are being issued by executive order by President Barack Obama and encourage states to rely more on natural gas than coal for producing electricity.

If these regulations are not stopped, Shimkus explained, it will be the middle-class and low-income earner who will be hurt the most.

"The problem is that will translate down to manufacturing and the middle class and those less fortunate in our society, who won't be able to afford energy-efficient new technologies," Shimkus said.

"They're going to have to pay higher electricity rates," he explained, adding that an EPA administrator testified before the House Subcommittee of Energy and Air Quality and said that an "80 percent increase could occur in electricity rates" because of these new regulations.

"Now, tell the family of four or a low-income wage earner that they're going to have to pay more for something that we should have as cheap as possible," he added.

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