Earlier today, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals announced the result of our state’s legal challenge to the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan. The bottom line: Arkansas ratepayers lost.
The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against a motion from multiple states and industries that requested the temporary suspension of the Clean Power Plan. That motion attempted to suspend the implementation of a slew of burdensome regulations that will likely drive up electricity costs for average Arkansans and small businesses.
Politico called the ruling a “major win for the Obama administration.”
Judd Deere, a spokesman for Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge, told the Arkansas Project after the ruling was announced today:
The unlawful, so-called Clean Power Plan will have serious and significant consequences for Arkansas. Attorney General Rutledge is disappointed with today’s decision, but this is not the first time the Court of Appeals for D.C. has denied a stay request of the EPA’s rule. Like decisions preceding today’s, the court has said nothing about the legality of the rule. The Attorney General remains confident the legal challenge will show the EPA has gone far beyond the scope intended by the Clean Air Act.
Rutledge joined this lawsuit against the EPA last March.
For the sake of Arkansas ratepayers, let’s hope Rutledge’s optimism is proved correct. Study after study has shown that the large compliance costs associated with the EPA’s Clean Power Plan will almost certainly lead to higher monthly utility rates. Think of it as Obamacare — but for your energy consumption!
Under the Clean Power Plan’s 111(d) rule, Arkansas will have to reduce its carbon emissions by 45 percent within the next 15 years. Indeed, Arkansas citizens will be among the hardest hit financially if this rule isn’t overturned.
You can read the court’s ruling here.