WASHINGTON — U.S. Sens. Mike Johanns (R-Neb.) and Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) today wrote Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy requesting that her agency hold a listening session in Nebraska to hear how proposed carbon regulations would impact Nebraska businesses, agriculture operations and families. Under EPA’s current schedule, most listening sessions conveniently take place in states that use very little coal.
Johanns said, “We all want a cleaner environment, but this Administration is blind to the economic consequences their anti-coal agenda is having on rural America. These regulations will drive up costs for every Nebraska farmer and rancher, business owner and manufacturer, and family each time they turn on the lights. I’ve told EPA about the economic hardships they are causing. It’s time they hear it straight from Nebraskans.”
Fischer said, “The Administration’s war on coal will hurt all Nebraska families. These proposed rules disproportionately penalize states like Nebraska, where coal is a vital energy source. As EPA embarks on a ‘listening tour’ to solicit input from the public, it only makes sense that the agency actually visit the areas that will be hit hardest by its policies. Nebraskans deserve a fair opportunity to be heard on the impacts of regulations that will increase costs and jeopardize our access to affordable, reliable electricity.”