U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) released the following statement today in response to the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling restricting greenhouse gas regulations, which the Associated Press noted "placed limits on the sole Obama administration program already in place to deal with power plant and factory emissions of gases blamed for global warming." Blunt previously signed an amicus brief led by U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (Okla.) in December 2013.
"The Obama Administration's continued attempts to wage a war on American consumers will hurt low and middle-income families in states like Missouri the most. The Supreme Court's move to limit the EPA's overreach is a step in the right direction. I'll keep fighting to protect Missourians from the Obama Administration's job-destroying energy policies, which are especially harmful for the families who are struggling to make ends meet."
Missouri relies on coal for more than 80 percent of the state's electricity needs, and Blunt has long-fought against the Obama Administration's burdensome energy policies. He recently co-sponsored the "Coal Country Protection Act," which U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) introduced to block President Barack Obama's proposed regulation on existing power plants unless appropriate agencies can prove it will not eliminate jobs, cost our economy, increase electricity prices, or reduce electricity reliability.
Blunt also introduced an amendment to protect families from skyrocketing energy costs that would result from a carbon tax. Blunt introduced similar amendments to prevent a carbon tax in April 2014 to the unemployment insurance bill, and in March 2013 to the FY14 budget.