June 9, 2023

Ricketts Introduces Bill to Challenge EPA’s Attack on Energy & Industry

June 9, 2023

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today U.S. Senators Pete Ricketts (R-NE) and Roger Wicker (R-MS), along with 15 other Republican colleagues, introduced a Congressional Review Act (CRA) joint resolution of disapproval to challenge the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) “Good Neighbor Rule,” which would attack energy-producing and manufacturing states across the country.

“The problem with rules like this is that American consumers are the ones who will pay the price. The Biden EPA’s blatant and illegal attacks on domestic energy cannot go unchallenged. I’m proud to support this bill. American innovation and production must be put first to bolster energy security, and I hope the President will reconsider this attack on the domestic energy industry,” Ricketts said.

The EPA’s rule comes after years of good-faith efforts from states to address the emissions concerns through individual State Implementation Plans (SIP). Following the blanket denial of SIPs, the new rule would impose a Federal Implementation Plan (FIP) on states to control air pollution that crosses state lines. The rule’s requirements will make it costlier to operate fossil fuel-fired power plants and other industrial facilities in the affected states, causing plant closures, job losses, and higher electricity prices. They may also affect the reliability of the electric grid. This rule will directly disadvantage our manufacturing compared to other countries like China, which have less stringent regulations.

Ricketts is joined by Senators Roger Wicker, (R-MS), Shelley Moore Capito, (R-WV), John Boozman, (R-AR), Mike Braun (R-IN), John Barrasso, (R-WY), Tom Cotton (R-AR), Cynthia Lummis, (R-WY), James Risch, (R-ID), Josh Hawley, (R-MO), Mike Crapo, (R-ID), Todd Young, R-IN), Kevin Cramer, (R-ND), Tommy Tuberville, (R-AL), John Hoeven, (R-ND), Ted Cruz, (R-TX), and Eric Schmitt, (R-MO).


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