Senators Isakson, Perdue Blast New EPA Energy Tax

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Johnny Isakson (R-GA) and David Perdue (R-GA) today blasted the Obama Administration’s latest announced policy that has the potential to raise the cost of living for hardworking taxpayers through the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) newest requirement that existing power plants reduce their emissions by 32 percent by the year 2030.

“The Obama Administration continues to pursue policies that will raise the cost of living for hardworking taxpayers, this new rule being the latest example in a long-term trend,” said Senator Isakson. “Coal provides more than two-thirds of Georgia’s electricity and supports 8,800 jobs in our state. I will fight this energy tax that will destroy jobs and harm our economy. If the President truly wants to help our economy, he should approve the KeystoneXL pipeline, which would create thousands of jobs and help secure our nation’s energy future.”

“President Obama’s constant barrage of overreaching regulatory mandates are crippling our economy’s ability to fully recover and stifling our global competitiveness,” said Senator Perdue. “The damaging effects of this hostile executive action will drive up energy prices for Georgia families and businesses, while the ripple effect throughout our economy will increase costs of basic necessities for those already struggling to make ends meet.  The Obama Administration’s short-sighted policies continue to hurt the very people they claim to help, which is why I will fight them with every tool at my disposal.”

The Obama Administration’s “Clean Power Plan” released today requires an even greater reduction in emissions than the rule that was originally proposed in June 2014, and demands that states submit a plan to implement the rules by 2016. The new regulations are expected to impact hundreds of fossil-fuel plants, including 600 coal-powered plants.

Senator Isakson and Senator Perdue are original co-sponsors of S.1324, the Affordable Reliable Electricity Now Act of 2015, which would delay the rule until legal proceedings from twelve states have concluded, as well as give states the ability to opt out of the rule. Additionally, S.1324 would prevent the EPA from withholding federal highway funds if a state doesn’t submit a plan.

Senator Isakson and Senator Perdue also sent letters to President Obama and EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy during the proposal phase in opposition to the Obama Administration’s proposed Clean Power Plan and calling for the rule’s withdrawal.