Officials react to EPA coal rule

Wyoming officials are speaking out this week against the Environmental Protection Agency’s new rule regulating emissions of carbon dioxide, known as the Clean Power Rule. According to U.S. Representative Cynthia Lummis, the rule would force the closure of coal-fired power plants across the nation and lead to an unprecedented reliance on intermittent forms of energy. “This plan doesn’t make our air any cleaner or our environment any safer, but it will inflict tremendous economic and human costs with the poor and middle class hit the hardest,” she said. Governor Matt Mead agrees, commenting, “The Clean Power Plan is scientifically flawed and if implemented will not achieve minimum reductions. It is in fact damaging – not just to Wyoming, but the nation.” To combat the rule, U.S. Senators Mike Enzi and John Barrasso have co-sponsored the Affordable Reliable Energy Now Act (ARENA), which would delay the compliance date of the Clean Power Plan until the courts decide if the rule is on good legal standing. “There’s a reason why over half of the states have come out against this mandate. Governors know that despite the administration’s promise of flexibility, their states simply cannot comply with this unrealistic proposal—and they shouldn’t have to. This rule will face significant challenges in court and states are right to reject it,” said Barrasso.