Barack Obama, accompanied by Environmental
Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy,
speaks about his Clean Power Plan, Monday, Aug. 3,
2015, in the East Room at the White House in
Washington. The president is mandating even steeper
greenhouse gas cuts from U.S. power plants than
previously expected, while granting states more time
and broader options to comply.
— Scott Walker joined other Republican presidential
candidates Monday in decrying new rules from the Obama
administration designed to cut greenhouse gas emissions
from power plants, saying they would have
"devastating impacts" and cost ratepayers
billions of dollars.
asked Republican Attorney General Brad Schimel to join
other states in filing a federal lawsuit to block
implementation of the rule that Obama unveiled Monday
afternoon at the White House. Schimel vowed to do just
that, calling the rule an "unlawful action."
again, President Obama is taking unilateral action and
overstepping the limits of his authority to pursue a
political agenda," Walker said in a statement.
hailed the pollution controls as a monumental step toward
combatting global warming.
historic standards will ensure that big polluters can no
longer spew an unlimited amount of carbon pollution into
our air," said Kerry Schumann, executive director of
the Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters.
who officially launched his campaign for president last
month, said Obama ignored issues that will lead to lead to
higher utility costs, "unnecessarily harming families
and killing manufacturing jobs."
rules give states an additional two years — until 2022
— to comply, yielding to complaints that the original
deadline was too soon. States will also have an additional
year to submit their implementation plans to Washington.
version of the rule released in June 2014 by the U.S.
Environmental Agency required Wisconsin to reduce
emissions by 34 percent by 2030.
version calls for Wisconsin to reduce carbon emissions by
25 percent by 2024, gradually cutting more until
ultimately emissions are 41 percent less by 2030. The U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency, in a chart explaining the
rule, said the rates for Wisconsin are "reasonable
and achievable because on plant and no state has to meet
them all alone or all at once."
sent a letter to the EPA in December arguing Wisconsin
utilities already have invested billions in renewable
energy and pointing to Public Service Commission estimates
that compliance could cost between $3.3 billion and $13.4
billion and electric bills could jump as much as 29
will examine the final plan in detail, but clearly
Wisconsin's extensive, constructive comments to the EPA
have fallen on deaf ears in Washington," Walker said.
called on the PSC together with the Department of Natural
Resources to come up with a new estimate. DNR spokesman
Jim Dick said the governor hasn't established a deadline
for new numbers.
chamber of commerce, a supporter of Walker's and longtime
critic of the tighter pollution controls, issued a
statement calling the proposed rule "all pain and no
any measure, the new EPA coal rule will cost Wisconsin
billions of dollars in lost economic activity and, worst
of all, many factory workers will pay with their
jobs," said Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce vice
president Scott Manley.
joined 14 other states in a lawsuit challenging the
preliminary rules in April. A federal appeals court in
Washington, D.C., threw the lawsuit out in June, ruling
that since the rule wasn't finalized the court lacked the
authority to review it.
Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, speaking at a
summit of Republican state attorneys general, promised an
"aggressive legal campaign" by his state and
others to fight the new rules.