Manchin, GOP make good on vow to target power plant rule

By Emma Dumain | 06/06/2024 06:45 AM EDT

More than 100 lawmakers are sponsoring a Congressional Review Act resolution against the EPA climate rule.

Rep. Troy Balderson (R-Ohio).

Rep. Troy Balderson (R-Ohio) is the lead sponsor of a House resolution to scrap EPA's rule to address greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. Tony Dejak/AP

Congressional Republicans have officially launched a coordinated effort to overturn the Biden administration’s newly finalized power plant climate rule.

Senate Environment and Public Works ranking member Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Rep. Troy Balderson (R-Ohio) on Wednesday introduced companion resolutions to undo EPA’s aggressive emissions reduction standards for existing coal and new gas plants. The measures have more than 150 co-sponsors combined.

“With this Congressional Review Act resolution of disapproval, every member of Congress will have the opportunity to protect America’s energy future [and] heed the warnings of our nation’s electric grid operators,” said Capito.


“This vote is an important one because the Biden administration’s Clean Power Plan 2.0 makes it clear it will stand with climate activists, regardless of the harm that is sure to be done to families, workers and communities across West Virginia and the rest of the country,” she added.