Senator Dick Lugar (R-IN) today denounced rules released by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that would regulate greenhouse gas emissions in new power plants.
"The last thing we need at this critical stage of economic recovery is to have President Obama pushing more regulations that drive up costs and threaten even more jobs," Lugar said. "Our energy focus should be on dealing with our strategic oil vulnerability that contributes to high gasoline prices and weakens our national security."
"The emissions regulations that the Obama Administration is implementing and other regulations it is considering, will affect every corner of our economy, from big utilities to family farmers, and every Hoosier rate payer," Lugar added. "Officials elected by and accountable to American voters, not bureaucrats, should be in charge of making any changes to our energy and environmental laws."
Lugar has long opposed unilateral EPA regulation of greenhouse gases. He is an original co-sponsor of the "The Energy Tax Prevention Act of 2011," S.482, which would prevent the EPA from regulating greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act.