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McKinley leading the charge against EPA

WHEELING, W.Va. – A group of House Republicans led by Rep. David McKinley of West Virginia is seeking to block new federal Environmental Protection Agency greenhouse gas regulations that are expected to deal a devastating blow to the nation’s coal-fired power plants.

House Resolution 4813, introduced Monday, would not only nullify new EPA limits on carbon emissions from both new and existing power plants, but would also place a five-year moratorium on similar rules unless Congress enacts legislation specifically authorizing the EPA to do so.Last week, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy announced proposed regulations that seek to slash the nation’s carbon emissions by 30 percent by 2030. The rule sets state-specific standards and requires each state by 2018 at the latest to submit a plan to achieve its standard.

Environmental groups hailed the rule as a necessary step in battling climate change, and EPA officials said it gives states plenty of leeway to adopt policies that work for them. But opponents say the rules will devastate the economy by costing many coal miners and power plant workers their jobs, while barely putting a dent in global greenhouse gas emissions.

“Let’s put this in perspective,” McKinley said. “China is burning more coal than the rest of the world combined and investing billions to develop clean coal technologies. They understand the central role coal plays in powering their economy.”On the other hand, the Obama administration is pushing us away from coal, cutting funding for clean coal research and forcing America toward higher-cost sources of energy,” he continued.As of Tuesday, Rep. Nick Rahall, D-W.Va., was the lone Democrat among the bill’s 69 co-sponsors, which include Reps. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., and Bill Johnson and Robert Gibbs, both R-Ohio…

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