NMA Urges States to Put Pencils Down on Clean Power Plan

Tomorrow’s Senate Hearing to Highlight Clean Power Plan Impacts

National Mining Association (NMA) President and CEO Hal Quinn released the following statement concerning tomorrow’s Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing on the impact of the Feb. 9 Supreme Court ruling that stayed the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan:

“There are many good reasons why states should suspend any effort to implement the administration’s costly power plan. The biggest reason is the Supreme Court’s decision that, for all practical purposes, voids the rule until the appropriate legal review determines its dubious legality. The Supreme Court has relieved the nation’s governors of any obligation to begin to implement a costly rule that will raise their state’s power prices, lower the living standards of their citizens, and weaken the fuel diversity and reliability of their power grid.

“Governors are hearing this message. Already, 29 states have seized on the importance of the Supreme Court stay. Indiana’s Gov. Pence promised ‘to use any legal means available to block the rule from being implemented.’ Others should join him by putting their pencils down and spare their citizens the cost of another bad regulation that lacks the force of law.”