A nearly daily round-up of news for your consideration:
- Rep. Joe Straus has directed a Texas House of Representatives committee to review the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed regulations to determine how they’ll affect the state’s coal plants and electric grid, the Dallas Business Journal reports.
- Senate Democrats asked four former EPA Administrators who served under Republican Presidents to testify before a congressional hearing to discuss the risks of climate change. From the Associated Press report:
“The EPA chiefs’ testimony apparently did little to bridge the divide. Coal miners packed the hearing to protest a new EPA plan to cut carbon dioxide pollution from power plants. Before any testimony, top Republicans on the Senate environmental panel said the rule would kill jobs for no environmental benefit. That view contrasted sharply with the opinions of the four EPA administrators, who said the Obama administration had worked hard to make the proposal flexible and workable, using authority provided by Congress.”
- The Hill reports that House Republicans are urging the EPA to withdraw its proposed carbon emissions regulations, calling the rule overreaching and questioning harm posed to jobs and the economy. From the Senate, eight Republicans have called for a hearing on the rule and want top officials, including EPA Chief Gina McCarthy, to testify.