POV: Power Breakfast

Power Breakfast for March 5, 2015

McConnell tells states not to comply with EPA climate rule; Three bills aim to stop air pollution regulations; Texas bill targets minimum usage fees

POV: Power Breakfast

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

  • States should not comply with the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Wednesday in an op-ed. McConnell writes:

    “Think twice before submitting a state plan – which could lock you in to federal enforcement and expose you to lawsuits – when the administration is standing on shaky legal ground and when, without your support, it won’t be able to demonstrate the capacity to carry out such political extremism.”

  • An Arizona senator has re-introduced a trio of bills aimed at stopping the EPA’s air pollution regulations. The Hill outlines the bills, which would remove the five-year reassessment from the Clean Air Act, better protect states and localities if air pollution spikes due to natural events, and would reduce the EPA’s budget when it’s greenhouse gas regulations create costs for other federal agencies.
  • A Texas state representative has filed a bill that would ban retail electric providers from offering products with minimum usage fees or usage-based credits. Retail Energy X reports another bill would require the Public Utility Commission to annual collect and report on related information.
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