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Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) made the following statement in response to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed rules to reduce emissions from existing power plants by 30 percent:
“As a candidate for President in 2008, then-Senator Obama predicted his plan to cap carbon emissions would make energy prices ‘skyrocket’ for consumers. Today, the President’s EPA, without the consent of Congress, is imposing new rules which would make this prediction a reality.
“The costs of retrofitting power plants and the increased costs of producing electricity will be disastrous for manufacturing, agriculture, and especially for low- and middle-income Americans who can least afford huge increases in their electric bills.
“These arbitrary and unrealistic rules are not only bad policy, the way they are being enacted is inconsistent with our principles of divided, representative government as described in the Constitution. As we work to stop these rules from burdening the American people, we must also restore the balance of power intended by our founders.”