U.S. Sen. John Boozman (R-Ark.), a member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, supports the Environmental Protection Agency’s plan to repeal the Clean Power Plan. On (Friday) Jan. 12, Boozman and other Republican members of the Senate committee sent a letter to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt in support of repealing the plan.
The plan would have eliminated American jobs, increased energy prices and hurt communities, according to the letter. Repealing the rule will cut up to $33 billion in costs in 2030. The plan is not only “bad policy; it is unlawful.”
Along with Boozman, the following signed the letter: committee chairman Sen. John Barrasso (R.-Wyo.), Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) and Richard Shelby (R-Ala.)
In 2015, President Barack Obama approved the Clean Power Plan, which set guidelines on carbon emissions. In February 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a stay of the plan, blocking the EPA from implementing its rules to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. President Donald Trump, in one of his first major acts, directed Pruitt to suspend actions related to the plan. On Oct. 10, 2017, Pruitt started to roll back the plan.