Recent regulations proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency this week seek to limit greenhouse gases and specifically, carbon dioxide emissions, have Nebraska U.S. Senator Mike Johanns concerned about their immediate economic impacts on the country.
“The bad news for Nebraska and American families is that they’ll face higher utility rates. They’ll face the loss of jobs as manufacturers have to pay those higher costs. Then, they start to study whether or not they should stay here or move overseas,” Johanns warns.
Johanns says the rules target states like Nebraska where the ratepayers would shoulder the burden of compliance. The new regulations apply especially to coal plants. Johanns is skeptical that rules in the United States alone would have much of a worldwide impact.
“Former EPA administrator Lisa Jackson publicly stated that rules by the United States alone really have no impact on worldwide CO2 levels,” Johanns says. “What we’re faced with here is a rule that has huge economic consequences with negligible benefits, if any, in terms of achieving its stated goal.”
Johanns says he is joining with 40 other senators in an effort to block the new EPA rules.