Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San Diego) opposed a House bill designed to block President Obama’s plan to limit carbon pollution for new power plants. The bill would further restrict the EPA from making future rulings to reduce pollution.
“We have an obligation to future generations to leave the planet in better shape than how we got it,” said Davis. “Severe weather events from climate change, such as super storms and droughts, are causing real economic losses. Pollution also takes a health-related toll that increases health care costs. This misguided legislation would halt decades of success in reducing pollution.”
In June 2013, President Obama directed the EPA to develop greenhouse gas emission standards for new and existing fossil-fuel-fired power plants. In January, the EPA issued a final rule, which will result in a real reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. The House majority brought H.R 3826 to the floor to stop the EPA ruling from going into effect and make it more difficult for future rulings to reduce pollution.
Despite passing the House, the president has issued a veto threat against the bill and the Senate is unlikely to consider the bill.