Chaffetz Votes to Condemn EPA Guidelines for Existing Power Plants

Representative Jason Chaffetz Tuesday voted in favor of S.J. Res. 24, a joint resolution disapproving of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) final rule setting CO2 standards for existing power plants.  

The Clean Power Plan is the latest in a long series of costly rules by the EPA, which has passed 32 major rules since 2004 costing the economy more than $45 billion annually.

“EPA’s unprecedented and, I believe, unlawful regulation could endanger tens of thousands of jobs in Utah and more around the country in a scheme that will have no meaningful impact on global temperatures. More than anything else, the American people are demanding good jobs and a strong economy. Raising the cost of energy, reducing our ability to compete globally, and killing a significant sector of the economy is a giant step in the wrong direction. Congress must stand with the American people against an agency that has grown out of control. ”

The Clean Power Plan would impact Utah’s $20.9 billion energy industry, which generates $656 million in state and local revenues and supports as many as 40,000 high paying jobs in the state. With some of the lowest industrial and commercial electricity prices in the nation, Utah has enjoyed a competitive advantage that drives job creation and economic growth.  

S.J. Res. 24 would prevent EPA from imposing regulatory cap and trade and driving up electricity prices across the country.