Today, Congressman Gary Palmer (R-AL) supported S.J. Res 23 and S.J. Res 24, which are aimed at stopping the EPA's New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) and Clean Power Plan (CPP) regulations that will have significant negative effects on the economy. These resolutions are brought pursuant to the Congressional Review Act, which creates an expedited procedure by which Congress can vote to disapprove of regulations that have an economic impact of more than $100 million. The Senate has already passed these resolutions.
"The EPA's regulations on power plants are well beyond the authority Congress delegated to the agency," Palmer said, "If the President vetoes these resolutions and these regulations are allowed to stay in place, they will significantly increase energy costs for millions of American households and will be particularly hard on low-income families and senior citizens.
"In addition to these resolutions of disapproval, Congress should affirmatively remove the EPA's ability to regulate so-called greenhouse gasses, authority Congress never granted to the agency in the first place. That is why I have introduced H.R. 3880, The Stopping EPA Overreach Act of 2015, which would permanently remove the ability of the EPA to pass these kinds of regulations."
The EPA's New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) requires new power plants to meet CO2 emissions standards using technology that is not commercially viable and is not being used by any commercial-scale coal-fired power plant in the U.S. The Clean Power Plan (CPP) requires existing power plants to make massive, unattainable cuts to carbon emissions that will cause large increases in the price of energy.