President Obama announced the EPA Clean Power Plan this past week and it was almost immediately challenged by many states attorneys general and other legal experts. Whether the EPA has exceeded its mandate from Congress and whether the rules violate the Constitution are the issues being questioned.
The purpose of the Plan, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is to directly affect the total carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions for fossil fuel power plants operating within the tribal areas, territories, and states of the United States. A plan that either reduces total emissions or that offsets emissions through carbon credit purchase or other environmental offset must be developed by each state. According to the summary of rules provided by the EPA: “States will be required to submit a final plan, or an initial submittal with an extension request, by September 6, 2016.”
Tim Echols, Georgia Public Service Commissioner, spoke to the Madison Forum in Marietta, GA on August 10th, about the Clean Power Plan and his concerns for Georgia and the Nation. Some of his remarks were encouraging since Georgia had managed to get some concessions from the EPA on nuclear energy as a zero pollution resource under the rules. However, Echols does not support the EPA Plan and he has been outspoken with both the administration and the media. He discussed his concerns in a recent opinion piece in the Atlanta Business Chronicle: http://www.bizjournals.com/atlanta/news/2015/08/05/viewpoint-epas-clean-power-plan-is-a-mistake.html
In the above video, Echols discusses not only the EPA Clean Power Plan but also the nature of threats to our nation from military or natural EMPs (electromagnetic pulses).