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Where Does Rahall Really Stand on Proposed EPA Rules?

June 02, 2014

Talks Tough about Protecting Jobs, but is on Record Supporting Cap and Trade

CHARLESTON – Americans for Prosperity – West Virginia (AFP-WV) is asking Representative Nick Rahall to clarify where he stands on the job-killing EPA regulations being proposed today. AFP-WV is drawing attention to the congressman’s record supporting cap and trade and coal regulations, while last week the congressman tried to distance himself from the regulations that will destroy an estimated 60,000 jobs in the South Atlantic region, according to a new U.S. Chamber of Commerce study.

“Congressman Rahall had the opportunity to protect West Virginia from ‘devastating’ regulations that could destroy our way of life and instead he chose to stand with President Obama and the EPA,” explained Wendy McCuskey, WV State Director of Americans for Prosperity. “Now, with Washington set to destroy hundreds of thousands of jobs across the country, he’s saying whatever he can to avoid being held accountable.  Congressman Rahall should focus more on protecting our jobs here in West Virginia than trying to save his own job in Washington.”

BACKGROUND: CONGRESSMAN RAHALL HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO PROTECT WEST VIRGINIA AND CHOSE TO SIDE WITH PRESIDENT OBAMA AND THE EPA

The Hill: “Rahall Blast Incoming EPA Power Plant Rule.” “Rep. Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.), one of the most vulnerable House Democrats this election cycle, blasted the incoming Environmental Protection Agency regulations for coal-fired power plants on Thursday.” (Christina Marcos, “Rahall blasts incoming EPA power plant rule,” The Hill, 5/29/14)

But When Congressman Rahall Had The Opportunity To Protect West Virginia From Harmful EPA Regulations, He Sided With President Obama And The EPA:

“The REINS Act Would Require Congress To Approve Any Rule From A Federal Agency That Has A $100 Million Effect On The Economy.” (Pete Kasperowicz, “Thursday: REINS Act, EPA, and Round 2 of stopping government abuse,” The Hill, 8/1/13)

  • Congressman Rahall Voted Against Reining in Obama’s EPA, Roll Call Vote, 445, 8/2/13 (GovTrack.us, Accessed 5/29/14)

The Los Angeles Times: U.S. Chamber Says New EPA Rule Could Cost Economy $51 Billion A Year.” (Don Lee, “U.S. Chamber Says New EPA Rule Could Cost Economy $51 Billion A Year,” The Los Angeles Times, 5/28/14)

Now The EPA Is Set To Impose Massive Regulations That Could Deal A Devastating Death Blow To West Virginia’s Way Of Life:

Congressman Nick Rahall On The EPA Regulations: “From Devastating To [A] Death Blow.” “The only real question is where on a scale from devastating to the death blow the rule will fall. … I and I’m sure others who represent coal mining communities across this country will not sit idle of this latest challenge by EPA to our way of life.  At stake is our economy and livelihoods of our coal miners, steelworkers, electrical workers.” (Christina Marcos, “Rahall blasts incoming EPA power plant rule,” The Hill, 5/29/14)

Bloomberg:American Electric Foresees Plant Closures on Obama Plan.” “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. The company would likely have to retire plants that can’t be relied on to deliver electricity if the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency requires such steep reductions by 2030 in proposed rules to be unveiled June 2, Chief Executive Officer Nick Akins said yesterday in an interview.” (Mark Chediak, “American Electric Foresees Plant Closures on Obama Plan,” Bloomberg, 5/30/14)

The Los Angeles Times: U.S. Chamber Says New EPA Rule Could Cost Economy $51 Billion A Year, Result In 224,00 Fewer Jobs. “Although the size of the proposed reduction has yet to be announced, the chamber’s report estimated that such a rule could result in an average annual drop of $51 billion in economic output and 224,000 fewer jobs every year through 2030, with the Southeast feeling the biggest pinch.” (Don Lee, “U.S. Chamber Says New EPA Rule Could Cost Economy $51 Billion A Year,” The Los Angeles Times, 5/28/14)

For further information or an interview, please contact Wendy McCuskey at WMcCuskey@afphq.org or 304.382.7588

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