McConnell Pushes For A Vote To Restrain EPA Carbon Regulations

Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell today laid the groundwork for a Senate vote on the Environmental Protection Agencies carbon dioxide regulations. McConnell, in an interview with a newspaper in Lexington Kentucky said that a top priority of his is “to try to do whatever I can to get the EPA reigned in.” McConnell said it wouldn’t be easy to block the carbon pollution regulations for existing power plants, though doing just that is a promise he made to Kentucky residents while campaigning this year. President Obama would certainly veto the resolution if it passes, and Republicans wouldn’t have the votes to override him. McConnell has said the administration’s intent is to block new coal plants and kill coal-related jobs. The Obama administration appears to be sending signals that its latest regulation is actually just the beginning in a new expanded front in its war on coal. President Obama has made it clear that the EPA rule on future power plants is just the beginning. The EPA plans to propose the first-ever regulations limiting greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants. That would be a far greater hit on the coal industry, whose plants make up about 40 percent of the nation’s greenhouse gas output. McConnell referencing Harry Reed said “the majority leader and his Democratic caucus now have a choice,” McConnell said. “Are they going to stand with the coal families under attack in places like Kentucky and West Virginia and Colorado, or are they going to continue to stand with the powerful left-wing special interests that want to see their jobs completely eliminated.” A vote in the Senate would be unlikely until February next year, after the incoming Republican Senators are sworn in, changing control of the Senate.  Pictured: Kentucky US Senator Mitch McConnell.

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