WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Kevin Cramer made the following comments today after the U.S. Supreme Court, by a vote of 5 to 4, voted to block enforcement of President Obama’s Clean Power Plan while litigation is underway to determine if the proposed regulations violate the U.S. Constitution.
“Thankfully, the Supreme Court voted to stay the EPA’s implementation of the Clean Power Rule while North Dakota and 26 other states are suing in federal court to overturn these regulations. This is a major victory for North Dakota and the hard working men and women employed in our state’s energy sector. President Obama singled out North Dakota by requiring the state’s energy producers to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by an unprecedented 45 percent, which is dramatically higher than the 11 percent reduction proposed in the initial rule. North Dakota’s electrical producers provide some of the most affordable electricity and maintain some of the cleanest air, but under the Obama Administration’s sole focus on global warming his agenda jeopardizes our state’s and our nation’s economic future.”
On Oct. 23, 26 states filed legal challenges in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia challenging the final rule for existing power plants. North Dakota has filed its own separate lawsuits attempting to overturn the final rules for new and existing power plants.
In separate legislation on June 24, the House passed the Ratepayer Protection Act (H.R. 2042) which would ensure that states do not have to comply with the president’s national energy tax until it is proven that it is legal. The House has also taken additional steps to curb the administration’s excessive red tape and protect small businesses and manufacturers, including the REINS Act (H.R. 427) and the Regulatory Accountability Act (H.R. 185).