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GOP: Obama Trying to Destabilize Energy System With Coal Rules

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By    |   Monday, 03 Aug 2015 04:56 PM

President Barack Obama's announcement Monday of tougher regulations on coal plant emissions was met by swift resistance from Republicans and business groups, who accused the Environmental Protection Agency of attempting to take over the nation's energy sector.

"The President's lawless and radical attempt to destabilize the Nation's energy system is flatly unconstitutional and — unless it is invalidated by Congress, struck down by the courts, or rescinded by the next Administration — will cause Americans' electricity costs to skyrocket at a time when we can least afford it," Texas Sen. Ted Cruz writes on his presidential campaign website.

Cruz urged leaders of both parties, especially Democrats who represent coal areas to fight to the new rules.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce also expressed outrage, saying the EPA is attempting to restructure the national's electricity system under the guise of restricting greenhouse gas emissions from domestic power plants.

The rules make no measurable impact on greenhouse gas emissions while inflicting damage on the entire economy, the chamber said, and it is considering filing a lawsuit to block them.

"With these rules, the EPA is trying to stretch its authority beyond recognition and to double down on its attempt to impose an unprecedented takeover of our energy system," the group said.

Talk radio host Rush Limbaugh said that bankrupting the coal industry and raising energy costs has been Obama's plan since before he was elected president.

On Monday, he played audio from Obama's 2008 meeting with the San Francisco Chronicle editorial board, in which he said, "So if somebody wants to build a coal-powered plant, they can; it's just that it will bankrupt them, because they're going to be charged a huge sum for all that greenhouse gas that's being emitted."

Obama added in the interview that "Under my plan of a cap-and-trade system, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket. … Because I’m capping greenhouse gases, coal power plants, you know, natural gas, you name it — whatever the plants were, whatever the industry was, they would have to, uh, retrofit their operations. That will cost money. They will pass that money on to consumers."

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In his announcement on Monday, Obama didn't sound much like he did in 2008. He attempted to fight off the critics, saying, "The kinds of criticisms you're going to hear are simply excuses for inaction. They're not even good business sense. They underestimate American business, and American ingenuity."

Critics on Monday agreed with the 2008 Obama. House Speaker John Boehner issued a statement on Monday saying, "I believe the final plan is an expensive, arrogant, insult to Americans who are struggling to make ends meet."

Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell urged states not to comply with the new regulations. Indiana Gov. Mike Pence sounded ready to follow that recommendation.

"If the final rule is not significantly improved, then Hoosiers can be assured ... Indiana will not comply," Pence said.

Several Republicans, including GOP presidential hopefuls, expressed their opposition on Twitter:






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