U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Missouri, repeated his warning against the adoption of the Environmental Protection Agency’s “Clean Power Plan” during a speech to the Missouri Farm Bureau on Friday.
The plan, proposed in 2014 and finalized by the Obama Administration last year, is an attempt to control and reduce the effects of what supporters call man-made global warming. Last month, the U.S. Supreme Court granted a request by 27 states – including Missouri – to put a temporary hold on the EPA regulations.
In his warning, Blunt noted his displeasure with federal government “overreach” and argued that the plan will double Missourians’ utility bills. He said his biggest concern is that the EPA will force power plants to close while consumers are still paying for them through utility rates, instead of waiting for the plants to age-out and then be replaced with plants using alternatives to coal, which fuels 80 percent of electricity.
Supporters of the plan, including the Missouri Clean Energy Coalition, continue to urge the Department of Natural Resources to press on with Clean Power Plan planning efforts.
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