(6-5-14) The Environmental Protection Agency wants to impose a new, additional rule on U.S. power plants. U.S. Senator for Nebraska Mike Johanns said in a conference call Thursday that the rule would have negative effects on the nation, states and families, especially in Nebraska--a state that relies heavily on coal as a power source.
Senator Johanns said that the plan would cost around 50 billion dollars and would cause a loss of about 25 million American jobs. Senator Johanns does not support the proposal for the at-large economic reasons and because families in Nebraska and across the nation would have to pay higher utilities.
Johanns said that the Obama Administration wants such rules to be in place in order to combat global climate change. But Johanns reported that ex-EPA administrator, Lisa Jackson, said the rule does nothing to impact the carbon dioxide levels.
Johanns announced today that he is co-sponsoring legislation that would block the rule. He also said that 40 other colleagues and himself sent a letter to President Obama that urged the withdraw of the proposal.