Tim Echols Explains the Impact of EPA Clean Power Plan

The EPA Clean Power Plan was announced by President Obama this past week (August 3, 2015),  and almost immediately was challenged by many states attorneys general  and other legal experts. At issue is whether the EPA has exceeded its mandate from Congress, or even potentially, whether the rules violate the Constitution.

According to the EPA, the purpose of the Plan 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. Each state must develop a plan that either reduces total emissions or that offsets emissions through carbon credit purchase or other environmental offset. Each state must, 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.” [PDF]

Georgia Public Service Commissioner Tim Echols in a speech to the Madison Forum in Marietta, GA on the 10th of August, discussed with the group his concerns for Georgia and the Nation regarding the Clean Power Plan. He was encouraging in some aspects of his remarks explaining that Georgia had managed to get some concessions from the EPA on nuclear energy as a zero pollution resource under the rules. However, Mr. Echols is not a fan of the Plan and he has been vocal in that regard with both the administration and the press. His remarks at the Madison Forum were presaged by an opinion piece from the Atlanta Business Chronicle where he discusses his concerns: http://www.bizjournals.com/atlanta/news/2015/08/05/viewpoint-epas-clean-power-plan-is-a-mistake.html

Tim Echols remarks before the Madison Forum can be found in the linked video where he discusses not just the Plan but speaks also to the nature of the threats to the Nation from natural or military electromagnetic pulses (EMP).

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