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March 28, 2016

U.S. Senate Leader Urges States Halt Action On Rule That Would Increase Energy Prices

Last week, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) sent a letter to each of the nation’s governors addressing the implications of the recent Supreme Court stay of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan (CPP) and urging the states halt action on implementing the rule. 

In the letter, Sen. McConnell said, “Moving forward, I hope that each of you will consider taking advantage of the relief granted by the Supreme Court and keep in mind that many of us in Congress stand ready to help you as you fight for the best interests of your states.” The majority leader said litigation regarding the rule would likely continue for some time and that states should halt implementation because of uncertainty about the outcome. Sen. McConnell also argued, “Declining to go along with the administration's legally dubious plan will help provide the other two branches of government time to address many of the unanswered questions about this plan without putting your state at risk in the interim.” 

MSCI opposes the Clean Power Plan because it is estimated that it will increase energy costs in at least 47 U.S. states.