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AFP: Will Hagan Denounce Job-Killing EPA Regulations?

June 02, 2014

Made Carbon Tax, EPA Regulation a Priority Since Coming to Washington

RALEIGH – Americans for Prosperity – North Carolina (AFP-NC) is asking Senator Hagan to make clear where she stands on the job-killing EPA regulations being proposed today. AFP-NC is drawing attention to Senator Hagan’s clear record supporting a carbon tax and defending the EPA’s wide power. The regulations being proposed today will destroy an estimated 60,000 jobs per year in the South Atlantic region, according to a new study by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. In North Carolina, coal-fired power plants account for nearly half of the state’s electricity, according to a report by the Washington Post.

“Senator Hagan has a clear record supporting job-killing climate regulations and the EPA’s power in general,” explained John Dudley, North Carolina State Director of Americans for Prosperity. “One of the first things Sen. Hagan did when she got to Washington was urge Harry Reid and the Obama administration to put a carbon tax in place. Now, the EPA is about to propose new rules that will take as much as $51 billion out of our economy and cost an average of 224,000 jobs each year. Make no mistake, North Carolinians will be hit hard by these regulations, especially at a time when our economy is already shrinking and good-paying jobs are hard to find. Sen. Hagan’s support for these new EPA rules means less economic growth, fewer jobs and higher energy costs for the same voters who put her in office to help make their lives better.”

When Kay Hagan Got To Washington, One Of The First Things She Did Was Urge Her Party Leaders To Support a Carbon Tax

Hagan Co-Wrote A Letter To Harry Reid Supporting A Price On Greenhouse Gas Emissions: “We believe the scale of this challenge dictates the need for a comprehensive solution that includes making polluters pay through a price on greenhouse gas emissions.” (Sen. Hagan & Other Senate Democrats, Letter To Harry Reid, 7/16/10)

Sen. Hagan Emphasized The Importance Of EPA Regulations And Bragged About Her Vote Against Limiting The Agency’s Power

Sen. Hagan Voted Against Prohibiting The EPA To Issue New Greenhouse Gas Regulations: (S.Amdt. 183 to S. 493, Roll Call Vote #54:Failed 50-50: R 46-0; D 4-49; I 0-1, 4/6/11, Hagan Voted Nay)

Sen. Hagan Used The Vote To Try And Impress Outside Special Interest Groups: “As for her record, Hagan cited her vote against a Republican measure that would have undermined Environmental Protection Agency rules.” (John Frank, “Hagan blasts Tillis on environment,” The Raleigh News & Observer, 5/27/14)

Sen. Hagan Bragged To Special Interests About Taking Steps To Regulate Carbon Emissions: “I know the EPA’s ability to responsibly regulate greenhouse gas emissions is key to protecting our environment for future generations,” Hagan told more than 200 people gathered in Raleigh for a N.C. League of Conservation Voters awards dinner.” (John Frank, “Hagan blasts Tillis on environment,” The Raleigh News & Observer, 5/27/14)

Now Kay Hagan’s Friends In Washington Are Taking Her Advice, And The EPA Is Preparing To Come Into North Carolina And Increase Costs

The EPA Is About To Take Its Most Aggressive Action Yet Against Carbon Producers: “President Obama will announce an EPA regulation on Monday that will require a 20 percent reduction in carbon emissions by coal-fired power plants, a move that circumvents Congressional intransigence on climate change and will likely lead to the institution of cap-and-trade carbon limits at the state level.” (Ben Mathis-Lilley, “Obama Will Use Executive Authority to Mandate “Strongest Action Ever” on Climate Change,” Slate, 5/29/14)

The New Regulations Will Destroy Jobs And Make Gas, Groceries And Everyday Items More Expensive For Families In North Carolina

The EPA’s New Emissions Rules Mean Less Money For The Average North Carolina Family: “The typical household could lose a total of $3,400 in real disposable income during the modeled 2014-30 timeframe.” (The Energy Institute, “Assessing the Impact of Potential New Carbon Regulations in the United States,” 5/28/14)

FEWER JOBS

  • The EPA’s New Regulations Will Lead To Job Loss: “American Electric Power Co. (AEP), the top U.S. coal-burning power plant operator, expects to be challenged and shut some of its largest units if the Obama administration proposes a 25 percent greenhouse-emission cut.” (Mark Chediak, “American Electric Foresees Plant Closures on Obama Plan,” Bloomberg, 5/29/14)

HIGHER PRICES

  • The Obama Administration Knows That The New Regulations Will Make Household Electricity Costs Rise: “We are now in an era of rising electricity prices,” said Philip Moeller, a member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, who said the steady reduction in generating capacity across the nation means that prices are headed up. “If you take enough supply out of the system, the price is going to increase.” (Ralph Vartabedian, “U.S. electricity prices may be going up for good,” The Los Angeles Times, 4/25/14)

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