Ralph Hall, US Representative, TX 4th Congressional District

Hall Fights Administration’s “CAP And Trade” Proposal on Power Plants

Ralph Hall, US Representative, TX 4th Congressional District
Ralph Hall
US Representative
TX 4th Congressional District

Press Release: In response to the Administration’s announcement regarding the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) new rule to regulate carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants, Rep. Ralph Hall (TX-04) made the following statement:

The President’s new EPA rule is a backdoor attempt to impose his ‘cap and trade’ law that failed to pass Congress four years ago – through a Democrat-controlled Senate, no less. The decision to circumvent Congress and the will of the American people continues a pattern with this President, and it could not come at a worse time. Just last week, the Bureau of Economic Analysis found America’s economy shrunk by 1%. According to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for 21st Century Energy, the EPA’s new rule will:

  • Weaken America’s economy by an average of $51 billion every year through 2030;
  • Kill an average of 224,000 U.S. jobs every year through 2030;
  • Raise energy prices on American families and businesses by $289 billion through 2030; and
  • Lower total disposable income for families by $586 billion through 2030.

I will do everything I can to fight President Obama’s attempt to ‘cap and trade’ clean, reliable coal. That is why I am an original co-sponsor of H.R. 3826, the Electricity Security and Affordability Actthat passed the House in March, as well as a cosponsor of HR621, the Ensuring Affordable Energy Act. I also look forward to providing oversight in June 16th’s Energy and Commerce Subcommittee hearing addressing this issue.

I stand with my constituents in opposition to the President’s War on Coal and his attempts to eliminate it as an energy resource. Clean and affordable energy, a healthy economy, and job creation are what Americans need and want. To achieve these goals for American families, true comprehensive energy solutions are needed.

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