UPDATE: Roe, Alexander comment on new power plant regulations

UPDATE  10:20PM: U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander released the following statement on the administration's announcement to issue a new carbon regulation on existing power plants:

"This new carbon regulation on existing power plants will drive electricity prices up and drive down job growth in many parts of the country. This is just one more example of the federal government expanding the big, wet blanket of burdensome regulations on our economy that put people out of work and make it harder to find a job. This regulation also bypasses congressional authority – it's the job of Congress, not unelected bureaucrats, to determine whether and how to regulate carbon dioxide."

The statement we previously attributed to Sen. Lamar Alexander was incorrect.

WCYB regrets the error.


East Tennessee Congressman Phil Roe also released a statement Monday.

Congressman Roe's full press release is as follows:

"Today, Rep. Roe released the statement on the Obama administration's announcement of new rules that would require power plants to cut emissions by 30 percent by 2030:

"It's painfully clear this president—a former lecturer in Constitutional law—plans to play by a different set of rules than any other president in history. His climate change agenda is so misguided and unpopular with the American people that he couldn't even get it passed through a Democrat-led House and Senate. Now he's attempting to use the rulemaking process to bypass Congress.

"President Obama needs to understand that changing his strategy on Cap-and-Tax does not change the ugly truth: this is a job-killer and will greatly harm the economy. During a time when many families are struggling to make ends meet, these new rules will cause electric bills and unemployment to skyrocket.

"It's wrong for the president to move forward with these rules, especially after the people have spoken out against these Cap-and-Tax policies."

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