10.17.19

Capito Votes against Democrats’ Effort to Revive Obama-era Clean Power Plan

“West Virginians don’t have to choose between a clean environment and a thriving economy.”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) today voted against the resolution of disapproval under the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to overturn the Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) Rule—a commonsense alternative to the Obama-era Clean Power Plan (CPP). Passage of this resolution would have revived the Clean Power Plan.

“The Obama administration’s so-called ‘Clean Power Plan’ was an unrealistic and strangling regulation that would have been devastating to West Virginia’s energy economy,” Senator Capito said. “The ACE Rule is a better alternative that allows states and energy producers to reduce emissions at an achievable pace without cutting back on jobs or economic growth. That’s why I have been a staunch supporter of this commonsense alternative to the CPP and strongly opposed Democrats’ unsuccessful efforts today to block its implementation. If today’s resolution had passed, it would serve as the starting point for a resumption of the War on Coal and a march to the extremist excesses of the Green New Deal, which would have devastated West Virginia and halted the process we’ve made. West Virginians don’t have to choose between a clean environment and a thriving economy. We demand both; and with the ACE Rule, we can achieve both.”

Senator Capito spoke on the Senate floor urging her colleagues to vote against this resolution last night. Click here or the image below to watch her full speech.

10-16-2019 ACE Rule Volk and Miners Pensions Floor Speech PLAY

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