GOP senators want Obama to pull EPA plan

Twenty-eight Republican senators are urging President Obama to withdraw new proposed carbon regulations for power plants, saying the costs of the rules will wreck the economy.

The senators are working on a letter to Obama outlining their concerns.


“Our primary concern is that the rule as proposed will result in significant electricity rate increases and additional energy costs for consumers,” the senators wrote, according to a draft obtained by The Hill. “These costs will, as always, fall most heavily on the elderly, the poor and those on fixed incomes.”

The senators accused Obama and the Environmental Protection Agency of trying to ensure that consumers pay more for electricity, drive coal and natural gas out of the country’s energy portfolio and disregard the law as written.

“Your existing source proposal goes beyond the plain reading of the Clean Air Act, and it, like your Climate Action Plan, includes failed elements from the cap-and-trade program rejected by the United States Senate,” they wrote.

The letter’s signers included GOP Sens. David Vitter (La.), Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellKey House and Senate health leaders reach deal to stop surprise medical bills Biden: 'No party should have too much power' Overnight Energy: Pelosi vows bold action to counter 'existential' climate threat | Trump jokes new light bulbs don't make him look as good | 'Forever chemicals' measure pulled from defense bill MORE (Ky.), Lamar Alexander (Tenn.), John Cornyn (Texas) and John Hoeven (N.D.).

Earlier Tuesday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell called the rule part of Obama’s “war on coal,” and said he would introduce a bill to block the regulation. Reps. Nick RahallNick Joe RahallWe shouldn't allow politics to impede disaster relief Break the cycle of partisanship with infant, child health care programs Clinton mulls role in 2018 midterms MORE (D-W.Va.) and David McKinleyDavid Bennett McKinleyThe missing piece of the current health care debate Bipartisan former EPA chiefs say Trump administration has abandoned agency's mission Thirty-four GOP members buck Trump on disaster bill MORE (R-W.Va.) said they’d introduce similar legislation in the house.

This story was updated at 7:57 p.m