Time for Arkansas’s Congressional Delegation to Stand Up for Jobs
LITTLE ROCK – Today Americans for Prosperity – Arkansas called on the Congressional delegation to stand up to the new carbon regulations released by the EPA, which calls for a 30 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. The regulations will be particularly burdensome in Arkansas, where coal-fired plants produce more than half of the state’s electricity.
A recent report from the US Chamber of Commerce found that the proposed rule could destroy 27,000 jobs in the region and hundreds of thousands of jobs nationally, based on its assumptions on a similar proposal by the Natural Resources Defense Council.
AFP – Arkansas Deputy State Director Phoebe Pierpoint released the following statement:
“President Obama once again side-stepped the will of Americans and is using the EPA to hurt Arkansas families. With the overwhelming majority of Arkansans relying on low cost means for cooling their homes, these new regulations will hit their families and businesses hard this summer. Even more, this could negatively affect the people that work hard to provide electricity right here at home.
The majority of our elected delegation in Washington, DC has spoken out against this move; however Senator Mark Pryor hasn’t said much of anything. With even the Obama administration admitting that these new regulations are ‘unlikely’ to have any meaningful impact on the environment, Senator Pryor should stand up for Arkansans, to the President, and say no to the EPA.”
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