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house Bill H.R. 2042

Should States Have a Way Out of the EPA’s New Regulations on Power Plants?

Argument in favor

Not only will this bill protect families and businesses from higher electricity rates and unreliable electric infrastructure —  but it will ensure that proposed regulations are legal before they take effect.

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02/13/2016
The EPA is just like any other Federal Agency, it's far to big, cost to much and is sinfully inefficient. America and the planet can't afford another Gold King Mine disaster, like in Colorado.
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Gail's Opinion
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06/27/2015
EPA is out of control and needs to be replaced by states
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operaman's Opinion
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12/25/2016
States need to ignore HR 2042. Just carry on as usual. EPA will file a law suits giving the states time to stall in court. States should point out in court that clause in the 10th Amendment- The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people. And if we are fortunate, our new POTUS will have appointed and installed a Conservative or two on the Supreme Court. Luckily, Conservatives can read while Progressive can only "feel good." Fight for state rights.
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Argument opposed

This legislation is just an attempt to delay and undercut regulations on carbon emissions — disguised as a measure to protect ratepayers. Cutting carbon emissions is vital to the future of our planet.

BernieSanders's Opinion
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03/11/2016
"Enough is enough. It’s time for a political revolution that takes on the fossil fuel billionaires, accelerates our transition to clean energy, and finally puts people before the profits of polluters." [berniesanders.com]
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BarackObama's Opinion
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03/11/2016
“I refuse to condemn your generation and future generations to a planet that’s beyond fixing.” [whitehouse.gov]
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BananaNeil's Opinion
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06/25/2015
Dear congress, please stop trying to trash our planet.
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bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
  • The house Passed June 24th, 2015
    Roll Call Vote 247 Yea / 180 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on Energy and Commerce
      Energy
    IntroducedApril 28th, 2015

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What is House Bill H.R. 2042?

This bill would postpone the deadlines states have to comply with the carbon emission regulations proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) while the judicial review process finishes. 

The EPA’s Clean Power Plan is expected to be finalized in the summer of 2015, and is known for imposing some of the most significant carbon emissions regulations on power plants in U.S. history. Actually, according to the League of Women Voters, this plan would set the first national standards on power plant carbon pollution ever.

The regulatory deadlines would be postponed until a judgement is final, and there is no possibility of further appeal or review.

A state would not have to plan for meeting emission goals, or complying with a federal plan under a finalized rule if the state’s governor decides that complying with the federal/state plan would have a negative impact on:

  • Retail, commercial, or industrial electric ratepayers.

  • The reliability of the state’s electricity system.

Impact

People who use electricity and pay the associated bills, utility companies, state and local electricity agencies, state governors, local courts, and the EPA.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 2042

$0.00
The CBO estimates that this bill would not have a significant impact on the federal budget.

More Information

In-Depth: Recently, the EPA has indicated that it is unsure about extending deadlines for state compliance. This is problematic, because according to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, 34 states objected to the regulatory timeline, 32 warned of problems with reliably providing electricity, and 28 expressed concerns about compliance costs and economic impacts.

An energy economist testified before the House Energy and Commerce Committee with a study that estimated electricity rates in 31 states that rely heavily on coal for energy would be 15 percent higher than they would’ve been without the new rules.

Sponsoring Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-KY) defended his bill, saying it:

“Does not repeal the Clean Power Plan, nor does it preclude a state from moving forward and implementing the EPA’s rule. It simply allows states to prevent the proposed rule from imposing unnecessary economic hardship.”

In opposition to this bill, the League of Women Voters believes it:

“Strikes at the heart of the federal Clean Air Act by letting each state simply walk away from national clean air requirements, giving polluters free rein [sic] to continue to dump unlimited amounts of carbon pollution into our air.”

The House Energy and Committee Committee approved this legislation by a vote of 28 to 22, and has bipartisan support from 15 Republican and three Democratic cosponsors.


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Summary by Eric Revell
(Photo Credit: Flickr user PSNH)

AKA

Ratepayer Protection Act of 2015

Official Title

To allow for judicial review of any final rule addressing carbon dioxide emissions from existing fossil fuel-fired electric utility generating units before requiring compliance with such rule, and to allow States to protect households and businesses from significant adverse effects on electricity ratepayers or reliability.

    The EPA is just like any other Federal Agency, it's far to big, cost to much and is sinfully inefficient. America and the planet can't afford another Gold King Mine disaster, like in Colorado.
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    "Enough is enough. It’s time for a political revolution that takes on the fossil fuel billionaires, accelerates our transition to clean energy, and finally puts people before the profits of polluters." [berniesanders.com]
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    “I refuse to condemn your generation and future generations to a planet that’s beyond fixing.” [whitehouse.gov]
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    Dear congress, please stop trying to trash our planet.
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    EPA is out of control and needs to be replaced by states
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    Above all else, Earth's environment MUST BE PROTECTED. It is the only environment available to us in the universe! I URGE you to vote accordingly.
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    States need to ignore HR 2042. Just carry on as usual. EPA will file a law suits giving the states time to stall in court. States should point out in court that clause in the 10th Amendment- The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people. And if we are fortunate, our new POTUS will have appointed and installed a Conservative or two on the Supreme Court. Luckily, Conservatives can read while Progressive can only "feel good." Fight for state rights.
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    We're already make far too few changes too late to combat climate change. We can't keep taking one step forward just to take another step back.
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    States need to be regulated with air pollution control. States shouldn't be allowed to just ignore the regulations to pollute our earth even more.
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    The EPA needs to be shut down. Implementing regulation based on the hoax of global warming should be a crime. The States need to be responsible for environmental issues within their boundaries. We are 18 TRILLION in debt. We need to cut agencies that are not needed. Stop spending!
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    The environment is something that should be left up to the states by and large.
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    The EPA should be removed completely. The EPA like most fed agency's, needs to stay out of state business. But we all know, this won't happen until we remove the power that liberals have had in this country since Obama snuck into office.
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    No, because even though is could potentially "hurt" the industry, we should be focusing of more renewable or alternate sources of energy. If we do that, we put the displaced workers into those jobs. I don't have any pity for the hyper wealthy that just want to protect their tax-less income. They need to meet the demands for a better future or get out of positions of power within the energy industry.
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    It's irresponsible to be more energy conscious at the cost of the economy and peoples lives. We still have to live.
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    The EPA needs to be dissolved! Agency Bureaucrats passing regulations with no Congressional oversight is ridiculous.
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    Isntt there a Governors Council/group that we could zero in on them also?
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    History has shown that states do NOT generally improve the environment - particularly if it impacts the bottom line.
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    How does this help us in any way as an average person?
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    This is about the longterm picture- our great-grandchildren should inherit the healthiest Earth possible. Oil isn't sustainable, but renewable energy on U.S.A. soil is.
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    Clear air is more important than letting dirty coal producers grab more revenue.
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