“Mississippi has become the latest of a growing number of states to suggest it might not enforce a major EPA regulation to limit carbon dioxide emissions at existing power plants,” writes Michael Bastasch in the Daily Caller.
“The flaws inherent in EPA’s proposal make the development of responsible SIPs unworkable for states, including Mississippi,” wrote Mississippi Republican Gov. Phil Bryant in a letter to the EPA last week. “One of my most important duties as governor is to secure reliable access to affordable electricity for Mississippians. I am deeply concerned that the current form of EPA’s proposal could prevent me from fulfilling this duty.”
Mississippi joins at least six other states already threatening to not enforce the rule – West Virginia, Wisconsin, Indiana, Texas and Louisiana – whose governors have suggested they may not enforce EPA’s rule to limit carbon dioxide emissions from power plants 30 percent below 2005 levels by 2030. Oklahoma has officially decided it will not enforce EPA’s rule.
“President Obama and the EPA are fighting a politically charged war against utility consumers across the country,” Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin said on her issuing of an executive order to block the implementation of the EPA’s power plant rule. “While the environmental benefits of these regulations will be minimal, the economic devastation of these overreaching and unrealistic regulations will be very real.”
Thanks to Gordon Broussard for this link