Senator Joe Donnelly made the following statement today after the EPA announced new emissions regulations for power plants.
"We can all agree that we need clean, affordable energy in this country, but I continue to be frustrated by the EPA's extreme proposals that fail to recognize the impact these regulations will have on Hoosier families and businesses," Donnelly said. "While we are all hopeful for the future of carbon capture and sequestration technology to reduce and store emissions, it has not yet been proven in an industrial setting. I strongly believe there is a way to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, protecting our environment and our health, while at the same time making sure we are not excessively burdening the Hoosier families and businesses that rely on affordable power. The regulations proposed today fail to meet this basic, common-sense objective."
The EPA's rule requires slightly different emission level caps for natural gas and coal; however, it would allow new natural gas electricity generation to continue using existing technology. This means new natural gas electricity generation would not have to use carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) technology to reduce emissions. The EPA rejects CCS technology for natural gas because "it is not clear that full or partial capture CCS is technically feasible for this source category" (p.287 in the EPA proposal). For coal, however, the EPA rule mandates CCS despite similar difficulties for a technology that has not yet been proven viable in a commercial setting.
Yesterday afternoon, Donnelly and Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) gave floor speeches in favor of their amendment to S. 1392, the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act of 2013, that would ensure tha