Eight governors want EPA power plant emission controls blocked

Eight U.S. governors have asked President Barack Obama to block the proposed New Source Performance Standard (NSPS) from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

In a letter, the governors of Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Mississippi, Virginia, North Dakota, West Virginia, Indiana and Montana said they were concerned that the rule that would cut greenhouse gas emissions from fossil-fueled power plants would drive up electricity costs and cut into employment during the country’s economic recovery.

Of the group, six governors are Republicans and two are Democrats.

In addition, the governors said the rule is “unnecessary” as new technologies are being developed and “economically infeasible” until they are commercially available.

“I believe that our nation is best served by an ‘all of the above’ energy strategy that incorporates all forms of energy,” wrote Indiana Gov. Mike Pence. “We need our wind, solar, nuclear, natural gas and coal resources to power our economy and provide the quality of life Hoosiers and other Americans are accustomed to experiencing.”

Kentucky Gov. Steven Beshear said his states expects to suffer job losses due to the rule.

“We estimate job losses in the industrial sector to be significant with even moderate increases in electricity rates,” he wrote to the president. “These industries supply the automobiles and appliances used by citizens in New York, California and other states that are not manufacturing-intensive.”

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