Shimkus Statement on Affordable Clean Energy Rule
WASHINGTON – Congressman John Shimkus (R-Ill.), Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment, released the following statement regarding the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed Affordable Clean Energy rule:
“A majority of the states, a majority of Congress, along with dozens of rural electric co-ops, trade associations and labor unions rejected the previous administration’s overreaching Clean Power Plan. We knew the costs – from the loss of jobs, manufacturing, and energy security – would ultimately outweigh the purported benefits of the plan’s Washington-knows-best approach to environmental policy.
“I’m glad to see the Trump Administration return to the principles of cooperative federalism that have successfully and impressively reduced air pollution for decades. Rather than dictate burdensome, top-down mandates on the states, the Affordable Clean Energy rule seeks to empower states to continue reducing emissions in ways that best fit their various energy portfolios.”