Congressman Gary Palmer (R-AL), a member of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee, issued the following statement in response to the Supreme Court's decision to stay the EPA's implementation of an overreaching Clean Power Plan designed to cut carbon dioxide emissions from power plants.
"Implementing the Clean Power Plan would have far reaching impacts and profoundly negative consequences for American families and the economy," Palmer said. "It would cause power plant closures, which will result in lost jobs and higher electricity costs. In addition, according to an analysis from the Heritage Foundation, the Clean Power Plan would result in 300 thousand in annual job losses by 2030, a loss of $2.5 trillion in aggregate gross domestic product, and would reduce individual income by $7,000, while having no measurable impact on climate change. According to the EPA's own estimates, the plan would limit global temperature rise by less than 0.02% of a degree.
"I applaud the decision, which is a victory for individuals and families, sparing them, at least temporarily, from the harmful effects of implementation, while challenges to the rule make their way through the judicial process."