Obama's demand for lower carbon emissions could have severe consequences for Texas
POSTED: Monday, June 2, 2014 - 5:10pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, June 3, 2014 - 2:40pm
Tyler, TX (KETK) — President Obama is going around congress to impose his strongest action yet, against climate change. A decision calling for a 30 percent cut in carbon emissions from power plants by the year 2030.
Advocates claim there is a link between air pollution and health problems like Asthma. Gina McCarthy, the EPA Administrator said, "Carbon pollution from power plants comes packaged with dangerous pollutants. They put our children and our families at even more risk".
However, U.S. Chamber of Commerce estimates this regulation could cost the economy $50 billion s a year in lost jobs and even higher electricity bills. The Texas Association of Business released this statement, "This will mean thousands of Americans will be on their couch rather than on the job. This plan will also cause the cost of electricity to skyrocket, so if you manage to keep your job, you may not be able to afford to keep the lights on".
Jeb Hensarling, the U.S. House of Representative from District 5, said, "At a time when American families are already struggling to pay their electricity bills, it defies common sense to propose additional regulations that will drive those energy bills even higher. Yet, that’s exactly what President Obama’s EPA did today, using highly questionable regulatory authority to propose a cap and tax scheme that was even rejected by Congress when Democrats controlled both the House and Senate in the 111th Congress. Not only are Americans going to get hit with higher monthly electricity bills, according to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for 21st Century Energy, President Obama’s proposed regulations will result in an average annual job loss of 224,000 jobs between 2014 and 2030. President Obama’s actions should come as no surprise, as he promised when running for the presidency that under his plan, electricity rates would ‘necessarily skyrocket.’ Unfortunately, unlike his promise that if you liked your current health plan that you could keep it, this is one promise to the American people that President Obama has found a way to keep.”
Local Texas energy company "Luminant" has five coal power plants, and they're working out a plan for the future. Brad Watson, the Senior Director for Luminant, said, "Texas generates more power and consumes more power than any other state. So we think Texas needs this flexibility to keep up with the growing demand for power for our ever growing economy and population".
In July, Americans on all sides will have the chance to share their opinion at public hearings in Denver and Washington D.C. If you would like to voice your thoughts online to the federal register, click: http://www2.epa.gov/laws-regulations/get-involved-epa-regulations .