Congressman John Shimkus, R-Collinsville, a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and Chairman of its Environment and Economy Subcommittee, released the following statement in response to the new cap-and-trade rule EPA unveiled this morning:
“After failing to win support for a cap-and-trade program in Congress, the Obama Administration is now attempting to implement a similar scheme through EPA rulemaking. Without a doubt, this new front in the War on Coal will raise electricity rates – especially in the Midwest – and cost hundreds of thousands of good paying jobs nationwide.
“All for what, though? EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy already conceded that it’s ‘unlikely’ any of EPA’s climate-related rules will have a meaningful impact on the agency’s own indicators of global climate change. In fact, even if President Obama could close every coal-fired power plant in America tomorrow, the effect on global emissions would be entirely offset by just a fraction of the proposed coal-fired plants being built overseas.
“This rule will be all pain and no gain for American energy consumers and job seekers.”