Johanns Joins Legislative Effort to Stop Costly EPA Rule

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Mike Johanns (R- Neb.) today cosponsored legislation to block a newly proposed Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rule if estimates are confirmed that it would adversely impact the economy or cause job losses. EPA's proposed rule would mandate that existing plants reduce carbon emissions 30 percent by 2030.

"It's hard to justify imposing another government mandate on families and American manufacturers without first knowing how much it's going to cost," Johanns said. "Our legislation doesn't stop the EPA from promoting the shared goal of a clean environment, it just requires them to tap the brakes before charging ahead with a proposal that President Obama said would cause electricity rates to skyrocket. You don't have to be an economist to know this is a bad idea for anyone who wants to see the 'Made in America' stamp survive, because without reliable, affordable electricity our manufacturers will struggle to keep their doors open or hire more people.

The legislation, introduced by Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), would stop the new regulations until

· The Department of Labor certifies the proposed rule would not result in lost jobs;

· The Congressional Budget Office certifies it would not harm our nation's economic growth; and,

· The Department of Energy certifies EPA's proposal would not adversely impact electric rates or reliability.

Early estimates predict that nationally the rule would cost as much as $50 billion and nearly 225,000 jobs each year. Sixty percent of Nebraska's electricity is powered by coal-fired plants, which account for billions in economic activity according to a University of Nebraska-Lincoln study.

Johanns also signed a letter with 40 of his colleagues asking President Obama to withdraw EPA's proposed rule.

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