U.S. Rep. McSally Statement on EPA Energy Mandates
TUCSON – U.S. Representative Martha McSally today released the following statement in response to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) announced Clean Power Rule, new rules that would establish sweeping energy mandates on states and could jeopardize energy access for hundreds of thousands of Southern Arizonans.
“At a time when many families throughout Arizona continue to struggle, we should be working on expanding economic opportunity, and that’s what my focus has been. Yet the Administration has continued down a path of increased costs and hardships handed down from Washington,” said Rep. McSally. “The EPA’s proposed energy rule would have eliminated hundreds of high-wage jobs in Southern Arizona, driven up energy rates, and resulted in dangerous energy reliability issues, hitting rural and poorest residents the hardest. Since that proposal, I’ve worked with Southern Arizona’s rural energy and community stakeholders to persistently advocate for flexibility in meeting these rules and for changes that will avoid these devastating impacts. As we analyze the effects of today’s final rule, I’ll continue to stand up for rural Arizonans and work to ensure they have access to the affordable, reliable energy they need.”
“40,000 rural Arizona co-op members submitted comments demanding changes to EPA’s carbon rule, our leaders have had numerous meetings with top EPA and OMB officials. Representative McSally, along with Arizona elected officials from both sides of the aisle, has stepped up to fight for rural Arizona residents. The message has been simple: EPA’s proposed carbon rule would cripple rural Arizona with a direct blow to the affordability and reliability of electricity,” said Patrick Ledger, CEO of Arizona Electric Power Cooperatives. “It is our hope that EPA and OMB have reexamined flawed assumptions and taken heed of their own regulatory guidelines and sense of equity by producing a final rule that doesn’t threaten the livelihood and wellbeing of an entire population of people. In many of the areas we serve, more than a third of those rural people who will be impacted by this rule live at or below the federal poverty level, and simply can’t afford the price tag attached to this rule. The co-op community will be focused on carefully examining impacts and assessing what steps will best serve rural Arizona moving forward."
In May, Rep. McSally called on the EPA to modify its proposed rule to give Arizona needed flexibility in meeting the new mandates. In June, she voted in support of House passed legislation that she also cosponsored to protect Arizona residents from electricity shortages and rate spikes as a result of the new mandates. She also toured and met with officials at the Apache Generating Station near Willcox during her first months in office.