WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-WY), chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW), released the following statement on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule. The ACE rule repeals the Obama administration’s so-called Clean Power Plan rule once and for all and puts lawful replacement requirements in place.
“The Affordable Clean Energy rule is good news for Wyoming,” said Barrasso. “The Trump administration’s rule follows the law and lowers emissions. The so-called ‘Clean Power Plan’ would have mandated the shutdown of power plants and increased energy costs for families in Wyoming and across the country. I look forward to working with President Trump, Administrator Wheeler, and the state of Wyoming to implement this common sense replacement to the Clean Power Plan.”
Wyoming is the nation’s leading producer of coal, accounting for about 40 percent of America’s total coal production. In 2016, coal production employed 5,682 workers in Wyoming.
On August 21, 2018, the EPA proposed the Affordable Clean Energy rule to replace the Clean Power Plan rule.
On March 27, 2018, Barrasso participated in an EPA-held listening session in Gillette, WY on the proposed repeal of the Obama administration’s so-called Clean Power Plan regulation.
On January 12, 2018, Barrasso and every Republican member of the EPW committee sent a letter to EPA in support of the proposed repeal of the Clean Power Plan.