Governors want EPA's proposed pollution control rule blocked

EPA seven governors write letters to President Obama to block NSPS rule

Seven U.S. governors and an attorney general have written to President Obama asking him to block the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) proposed New Source Performance Standard (NSPS).

The leaders from Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia 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. In addition, the governors said the rule is “unnecessary” as new technologies are being developed and “economically infeasible” until they are commercially available. Montana's Attorney General Tim Fox also wrote a letter.

“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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