POV: Power Breakfast

Power Breakfast for Sept. 10, 2014

Texas officials critical of Clean Power Plan; American voters want states to decide energy mix


POV: Power Breakfast

A nearly daily round-up of news for your consideration:

  • Texas lawmakers and utility regulators criticized the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed rule on carbon dioxide emissions Tuesday, saying it would unfairly impact the state and calling for a delay to give states more time to analyze the potential economic impact. From the Houston Chronicle article:

    “Texas representatives at the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Energy and Power subcommittee hearing were uniformly negative about the proposed rule in their questioning of the panel. They expressed concern that the rule could be detrimental to the state’s economy. … The lawmakers were also concerned about the EPA making assumptions with the proposed rule and not conferring with the states enough.”

  • At the same hearing, Reuters reports three other states –Arizona, Indiana and Montana –challenged the flexibility of the proposed Clean Power Plan, while officials from Maryland and Washington argued in support.
  • Some 65 percent of voters want their state, not the federal government, to decide what energy sources power their electricity supply, The Hill reports. The American Energy Alliance survey found that more than half of voters said states should not be penalized for failing to comply with the proposed Clean Power Plan and should not be force to use renewable energy sources.
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