Congressman Bobby Rush

Representing the 1st District of Illinois

Rush Submits House Floor Climate Change Amendment to H.R. 2042

Jun 25, 2015
Press Release

WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) spoke on the House Floor yesterday afternoon to push forth an amendment to H.R. 2042, the Ratepayer Protection Act of 2015. H.R. 2042 intends to extend the Environmental Protection Act (EPA) rule’s compliance dates pending judicial review. The bill also would allow state governors to opt out of complying with EPA’s proposed rule for existing power plants, referred to by the agency as its “Clean Power Plan”. Rush’s amendment demanded that state governors must certify that within their State, any ratepayer increases associated with implementing a State or Federal plan would be greater than any costs associated with responding to extreme weather events associated with human-caused climate change. To listen to Rush’s full floor statement click the video below:

Last June, EPA proposed a rule for existing power plants, referred to by the agency as its “Clean Power Plan”. When implemented the Clean Power Plan would allow EPA to cut carbon pollution from some of the nation’s oldest and most inefficient power plants, which account for the largest share of greenhouse gases from stationary sources in the country. These power plants are responsible for about one-third of total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions and currently there are no federal limits on the amount of carbon pollution these plants are allowed to emit. The Clean Power Plan would decrease power-sector carbon emissions by 30 percent from 2005 levels, by the year 2030.