New environmental regulations in Washington are causing quite a stir with Oklahoma leaders.
US Senator (R-Okla.) Jim Inhofe, senior member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, said today’s new rules are all about pushing a green agenda that has been dreamed up by the environmentalist community for decades.
“By EPA’s own admission, greenhouse gases ‘do not cause direct adverse health effects such as respiratory or toxic effects,’ rendering their claims that this rule is about pollution reduction nil and void,” Inhofe said.
The new plan to combat climate change will allow some states to emit more pollutants, while calling on others to emit less. Each of the 50 states is now supposed to figure out how to meet individual targets set by the Environmental Protection Agency, and then submit the plans for approval.
The plan suggests a 35 percent reduction of carbon emissions in Oklahoma by 2030.
Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt said the EPA’s plan to limit greenhouse gas emissions from power plants hampers the ability of states to devise their own ways to make the cuts.
“The EPA emissions rule is central to the President’s Climate Action Plan – a plan that has no legal basis or the force of law,” Pruitt said. “It will undoubtedly lead to higher electricity rates, job losses and increased manufacturing costs as coal-fired power plants, which provide 40 percent of our baseload power, are taken offline. Rather than working through Congress, the President instead is choosing to rule by executive fiat in order to implement his environmental agenda.”
Last month, Pruitt unveiled his own plan, which provides a state-focused framework taking the fact that air quality impacts differ from state to state into account, as well as costs and opportunities for carbon dioxide emission reductions.
Oklahoma derives more than half its energy from natural gas and roughly 38 percent from coal.