Fortunately, Americans don’t have to be held captive by the EPA. The courts can act to overturn these needlessly damaging regulations, and so can Congress. It was encouraging that even in a charged partisan environment, 221 Democratic and Republican House Members sent a letter to the White House earlier this year demanding changes to the most recent set of EPA power plant regulations. And now, the full Senate will be able to vote on a resolution to disapprove (and thereby nullify) the Utility MACT Rule. Under the Senate rules, the resolution only needs 51 votes for passage and then the matter would proceed to the House for similar consideration.
President Barack Obama has repeatedly called for an “all of the above” energy plan. Unfortunately, the regulatory regime being pushed by the EPA is diametrically opposed to that rhetoric. American families and businesses need affordable, reliable energy to fuel greater economic prosperity and more energy independence. Coal must continue to play a vital role in that clean energy future.
Steve Miller is president and CEO of the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity.