Wake us when Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.VA) actually does something about the rogue Obama EPA.
WCHS radio reports,
U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, D-W.Va., [sic] says the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s new rules for coal-fired power plants could eliminate jobs and will be particularly harsh on West Virginia’s economy.
The EPA unveiled regulations last week that aim to limit mercury, arsenic and other toxic air pollutants from coal-fired plants. The rules require plants to be in compliance over the next three to four years.
Over the next couple years, power companies will have to retrofit their plants, find an alternate fuel source or close coal-fired power plants.
“That’ll be jobs. That’ll be higher utility prices for manufacturers, for individuals, for senior citizens on a fixed income,” Capito said.
Capito has been pushing for legislation that calls for EPA officials to consider the economic effects of new policies, instead of just environmental concerns. That bill has cleared the U.S. House, but has not gotten through U.S. Senate.
Capito says the rules do not consider economic impacts. She says that means West Virginia will be hurt by the regulations.
“It really penalizes our area, because we are so heavily dependent on that, because obviously we have the resources here,” Capito said.
EPA leaders say the new emissions standards could prevent more than 10,000 premature deaths each year. Cleaner air will also limit the number of people with asthma and other illnesses, according to the EPA.
Talk is cheap. House legislation has been worthless. But that hasn’t stopped Capito from crowing about failure.