The new GOP majority in the Senate is gearing up to finally do more than just complain about the EPA’s economy killing regulations, they are ready to take action. From The Hill:
The GOP sees the midterm elections as a mandate to roll back rules from the Environmental Protection Agency and other agencies, with Republicans citing regulatory costs they say cripple the economy and skepticism about the cause of climate change.
Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) identified his top priority come January as “to try to do whatever I can to get the EPA reined in.”
McConnell made his defense of coal a major piece of Kentucky’s economy, a highlight of his reelection bid, which he won easily over Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes.
He said he feels a “deep responsibility” to stop the EPA from regulating carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fired power plants, as it proposed to do in January for newly built generators and in June for existing ones.
Now if we could just get a little action on CARB’s economy killing regulations in California. National action on EPA regulations will help many of the states that compete with California, but will be of little help in this state. In fact states with lower energy costs could hurt the California’s economy, as they lure California companies to their lower energy domaines. Reining in the EPA could be bad for California, as companies look for the best deal in energy costs and leave the state.