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senate Bill S. Joint Res. 53

Should the EPA’s Clean Energy Rule be Repealed?

Argument in favor

The Trump admin’s clean energy rule is a major step back for America’s energy future. It should be repealed to ensure that polluters are regulated and pollution reduction is a priority to ensure community and environmental health. If it’s allowed to stand, the ACE rule will allow increased greenhouse emissions and their attendant ill effects.

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10/17/2019
Talk about political doublespeak! Yes, repeal the EPA Clean Energy Rule since, like most repub/trump sponsored crap, the Rule does exactly the opposite of what it’s title implies. Damn, we got to enact a People’s Clean Government Act- to rid ourselves of this malignant infestation of our executive branch agencies- to put them back to working on the things for which they were created. trump has made a concerted effort to appoint leaders whose only goal is to systematically dismantle the purposes for which these agencies were created. Every time I get reminded of this it just pisses me off more and more.
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Glowurm's Opinion
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10/17/2019
That Pig has put us backwards, in so many ways. Hell, yes, repeal it. Make the EPA what is supposed to be, again. The Environmental PROTECTION Agency - not the Environmental DESTRUCTION Agency! Murkowski and Sullivan, shame on you. Alaska, our Senators just voted to allow more carbon emissions into the air. We SHOULD NOT BE PROUD! DOWN WITH SULLIVAN IN 2020! MURKOWSKI, GOD WILLING, WHEN YOUR TERM IS UP, YOUR NEXT!
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10/17/2019
The rule should be repealed, we can’t allow a group of people to make huge long term decisions with massive repercussions without having input from our elected representatives. They’re making huge global decisions without due process because they know that it wouldn’t pass in the House or Senate.
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Argument opposed

The Trump admin’s ACE rule will lead to decreased carbon dioxide emissions, so it’s going to work as a form of environmental protection. Overregulation harms American prosperity, so repealing the previous Clean Power Plan and replacing it with the less burdensome ACE rule is good for U.S. economic growth.

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10/17/2019
The democrats and there socialist agenda is crazy stuff and do not need to go down that road. WINNING
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10/17/2019
Another blot on the Republicans; business over the health and welfare of citizens. As an independent who historically voted Republican the majority of the time, I have to say it becomes increasingly unlikely - daily - that I will ever vote for a Republican again.
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10/17/2019
Absolutely not! We need to continue moving toward eliminating fossil fuels and increasing the use of renewables!
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joint resolution Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The house has not voted
  • The senate Rejected October 17th, 2019
    Roll Call Vote 41 Yea / 53 Nay
      senate Committees
      Committee on Environment and Public Works
    IntroducedSeptember 9th, 2019

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What is Senate Bill S. Joint Res. 53?

This joint resolution would repeal the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) “Affordable Clean Energy Rule.” The EPA’s rule significantly weakened important carbon emissions standards for power plants. EPA finalized this rule on July 8, 2019. Congress has the authority to overturn rules within 60 legislative days with simple majority votes in both chambers along with the president’s signature under the Congressional Review Act, and if this resolution were enacted the EPA would be prohibited from issuing a similar rule without congressional approval.

The full title of the EPA rule this resolution would express approval of is the “Repeal of the Clean Power Plan; Emission Guidelines for Greenhouse Gas Emissions From Existing Electric Utility Generating Units; Revisions to Emission Guidelines Implementing Regulations.”

Impact

Power plants; emission guidelines for power plans; environmental protections and regulations; emission guidelines for greenhouse gas emissions from existing electric utility generating units; emission guidelines implementing regulations; the Senate; and the EPA.

Cost of Senate Bill S. Joint Res. 53

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

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In-DepthSen. Ben Cardin (D-MD) introduced this joint resolution to repeal the EPA’s “Affordable Clean Energy Rule” (ACE) and restore carbon emissions standards for power plants:

“The EPA has a congressionally mandated duty to protect the human health and the environment. The EPA has abdicated its responsibility in promulgating this deeply flawed rule and the Senate will abdicate its responsibility if it fails to repeal the ACE rule. The ACE rule presents a major step backward for the United States’ clean energy future, putting downwind states like Maryland at greater risk of pollution generated elsewhere. We can and must do better to protect our constituents, human health, and the environment.”

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) adds

“For months, Senator McConnell and Senate Republicans have shunned vital proposals to improve American’s lives, including those to address the climate crisis and gun violence epidemic, save protections for people with pre-existing conditions, secure our elections, get big special interest money out of politics and more. Senate Democrats will not sit around and wait for Senator McConnell to finally wake up and take action, so next week we will force a vote to repeal the EPA’s dangerous rule that weakens critical standards to reduce emissions from power plants that significantly contribute to the climate crisis. The Trump administration’s Dirty Power Scam comes at a time when Americans are demanding we take bold action to confront the climate crisis and it must be reversed.”

When the EPA announced the final ACE rule on June 19, 2019, EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler said: 

“Today, we are delivering on one of President Trump’s core priorities: ensuring the American public has access to affordable, reliable energy in a manner that continues our nation’s environmental progress. Unlike the Clean Power Plan, ACE adheres to the Clean Air Act and gives states the regulatory certainty they need to continue to reduce emissions and provide a dependable, diverse supply of electricity that all Americans can afford. When ACE is fully implemented, we expect to see U.S. power sector CO2 emissions fall by as much as 35 percent below 2005 levels.”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) praised the ACE rule in June 2019: 

"The previous administration left a sprawling mess of regulation tangled throughout the federal government and the U.S. economy. Sweeping left-wing visions were dreamt up here in Washington and forced on farm families, domestic manufacturers, and small businesses throughout the country with little regard for the consequences. The reach of regulators grew longer and longer. And the burden on American prosperity became heavier and heavier...I look forward to the administration rolling out a new policy that upholds the rule of law, keeps the EPA within its statutory role, and encourages American energy reliability and affordability. Just one more win for all the Americans who live and work in communities where affordable, homegrown American energy sources like coal still matter a lot. Another win for states like Kentucky. It's nice to have an administration that isn't narrowly focused on just the big, blue urban areas, but looks out for all of our country."

This resolution has 17 Senate cosponsors, including 16 Democrats and one Independent.


Of NoteThe ACE rule establishes emission guidelines for states to use when developing plans to limit carbon dioxide (CO2) at their coal-fired electric generating units (EGUs). In this notice, the EPA also repealed the Obama-administration Clean Power Plan, and issued new implementing regulations for ACE and future rules.

Resources for the Future identifies 10 flaws in the ACE rule which it says “suggest that EPA as not identified the best system of emission reduction in the power sector.”  It concludes, “ACE is a rule with self-inflicted wounds. Even though EPA has argued that ACE represents the upper limit of its authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from the power sector, each decision it has made in identifying BSER and procedures for compliance seems to identify the least EPA can do to reduce emissions.” 


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AKA

A joint resolution providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Environmental Protection Agency relating to "Repeal of the Clean Power Plan; Emission Guidelines for Greenhouse Gas Emi

Official Title

A joint resolution providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Environmental Protection Agency relating to "Repeal of the Clean Power Plan; Emission Guidelines for Greenhouse Gas Emissions From Existing Electric Utility Generating Units; Revisions to Emission Guidelines Implementing Regulations".

    Talk about political doublespeak! Yes, repeal the EPA Clean Energy Rule since, like most repub/trump sponsored crap, the Rule does exactly the opposite of what it’s title implies. Damn, we got to enact a People’s Clean Government Act- to rid ourselves of this malignant infestation of our executive branch agencies- to put them back to working on the things for which they were created. trump has made a concerted effort to appoint leaders whose only goal is to systematically dismantle the purposes for which these agencies were created. Every time I get reminded of this it just pisses me off more and more.
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    The democrats and there socialist agenda is crazy stuff and do not need to go down that road. WINNING
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    That Pig has put us backwards, in so many ways. Hell, yes, repeal it. Make the EPA what is supposed to be, again. The Environmental PROTECTION Agency - not the Environmental DESTRUCTION Agency! Murkowski and Sullivan, shame on you. Alaska, our Senators just voted to allow more carbon emissions into the air. We SHOULD NOT BE PROUD! DOWN WITH SULLIVAN IN 2020! MURKOWSKI, GOD WILLING, WHEN YOUR TERM IS UP, YOUR NEXT!
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    The rule should be repealed, we can’t allow a group of people to make huge long term decisions with massive repercussions without having input from our elected representatives. They’re making huge global decisions without due process because they know that it wouldn’t pass in the House or Senate.
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    Clean up trumps mess now please? Rid trump now and his entire staff
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    By passing this bill, the original environmental protections will be restored, which is critical to fight the climate crisis. The Trump administration is trying everything to support the coal industry even though its dying for economic reasons. Renewable energy is creating more jobs with higher pay than coal or fossil fuels. So why is Trump pushing for coal? Follow the money.
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    Put protection back into EPA. Clean air & water must be maintained. Industry standards must be enforced. Stop deregulations that profit industry but harm the environment. Our government must stop working for private industries. People before profit.
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    Support Ben Cardin ‘s bill. Repeal the EPA rule that goes against the EPA mandate and goes against protecting our environment. You must stand up against the Orwellian corruption and criminality and evil cronyism of trump’s corrupt criminal regime and bad actions of his corrupt criminal agencies.
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    Again, no regard for people. The only thing that matters to this President is big corporations making big money at the expense of the American people. Never mind about clean air. Not his problem, but it will be his grandchildren’s problem. No regard for life. What an absolute disgrace to this country. At some point republicans are going to pay the price for his stupidity, but that won’t be his problem either.
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    Another blot on the Republicans; business over the health and welfare of citizens. As an independent who historically voted Republican the majority of the time, I have to say it becomes increasingly unlikely - daily - that I will ever vote for a Republican again.
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    We have to put back in place what we had, in fact, the rules should be even more strict!
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    Stop this assault on environmental protections. We have the “cleanest” air because of our original clean air rules. It would be nice to see some Republicans actually stand up for the American people, not blindly toe Trumps line that benefits big corporations, not the rest of us.
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    Clean air? Now who would need or want that? Oh, that’s right — EVERY LIVING THING is all! This one, along with any other weakening rules on clean water, clean earth, etc. should be quite easy! You don’t need a brain to know how to vote this, or even one starved for clean air! You represent Colorado - we already have issues with our air. Don’t make it worse!
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    Absolutely not! We need to continue moving toward eliminating fossil fuels and increasing the use of renewables!
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    The Trump admin’s clean energy rule is a major step back for America’s energy future. It should be repealed to ensure that polluters are regulated and pollution reduction is a priority to ensure community and environmental health. If it’s allowed to stand, the ACE rule will allow increased greenhouse emissions and their attendant ill effects.
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    I hate it when you jerks warp the words so bills look like they do the exact opposite of what they say.
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    If you raise the maximum standard high enough, you’ll will meet them. Trump and corporate America view on pollution. It’s like raising the acceptable lead levels you can be exposed in drinking water, that way in their mind it makes it safer. Talk to flint MN.
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    Read the details on this before you choose yea or nay! The question is misleading
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    Despite the name, this does not do anything to improve the environment protection. Instead it provides less protection making things even worse. Excessive regulation can be a concern but no regulation is far worse.
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    We should be working on ways to making the environment better for our children. This is what happens when you elect a president that does not have a moral compass.
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