Congress Environment

What Could Go Wrong?

Here’s an idea: let’s nullify EPA regulations and allow coal plants to spew unlimited amounts of pollution into the air.

Rep. Nick Rahall (D-WV) on Tuesday introduced the Protection and Accountability Regulatory Act of 2014, which would nullify proposed rules recently announced by the EPA limiting carbon pollution from existing coal plants. Rahall’s bill would also nullify other proposed EPA regulations limiting carbon pollution from new coal plants, modified coal plants, and reconstructed coal plants unless Congress specifically acts to allow them.

Nick Rahall clearly doesn’t care about the health of his constituents in West Virginia.

Coal pollution can be linked to tens of thousands of deaths and illnesses every year. The regulation of emissions from coal plants is not just about global warming; it’s also about health. New regulations have actually reduced deaths that can be linked to pollution by as many as 10,000 per year.

Is Rahall is more concerned about the opinions of Big Coal lobbyists than he is the well-being of citizens in his own district?