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Congressman Garret Graves

Representing the 6th District of Louisiana

GRAVES: “EPA Imposes Will Through Costly Regulatory Policies”

December 2, 2015
Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Garret Graves (R – South Louisiana) released the following statement after the House of Representatives adopted two joint resolutions yesterday expressing congressional disapproval of key components of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s controversial Clean Power Plan:  

“From the gas pump to our living rooms, the EPA appears to be resolute in its calculated commitment to undermining American energy and our economy.  While I think EPA’s ethanol fuel blend decision this week was a small step in the right direction, the agency largely continues to impose its will through relentless regulatory policies at the expense of the American people. If these rules are implemented as proposed, many power plants across the country will be forced to ramp down production or close, reducing supply and increasing the cost of electricity for our businesses and families.

I am an advocate for a  healthy environment and stewardship, but unilateral mandates discourage cooperation by pitting economic interests against the environment. The two are not mutually exclusive. These efforts symbolize the blatant disconnect between the direction this Administration wants to go and the will of the American majority.  From unaffordable insurance rates to higher utility bills to an out of control debt, the next presidential election could not come fast enough”  

Louisiana is one of 23 states that have filed legal challenges to the performance standards rule for new power plants and is one of 27 states challenging the Clean Power Plan for existing plants.