Louisiana officials have gone on record objecting President Barack Obama’s Clean Power Plan.
Although what the impact of the new plan, released Monday by the White House, will be on Louisiana is still unclear, one thing isn’t: State officials know they don’t like it.
The Clean Power Plan’s goal is to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 32 percent below 2005 levels by 2030 at the country’s power plants, but leaves the exact details of how that will be done up to the states.
The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality said its staff needs time to review the rule, but objections to the plan remain.
DEQ Secretary Peggy Hatch sent the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency a letter last year outlining the department’s opposition: namely that the plan reaches beyond EPA’s current authority.
EPA and DEQ are authorized to limit pollution from industrial sources, but this rule expands that to home efficiency and to increasing renewable power supplies beyond what the Clean Air Act authorizes, she wrote.
U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., said the plan would threaten good-paying energy and manufacturing jobs in Louisiana.
“The loss of these jobs will worsen their health and diminish their futures. The Obama administration’s refusal to recognize this, all for the sake of possibly improving CO2 emissions by at most a fraction of a percent, is shortsighted and unfair to workers,” he wrote.
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