Whitehouse blasts EPA reversal on power plant rule

By Emma Dumain | 03/01/2024 06:18 AM EST

The Rhode Island senator said EPA’s decision to exempt existing gas power plants “makes no sense.”

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.).

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) appeared to disagree with environmental groups that praised EPA's announcement Thursday on climate rulemaking. Francis Chung/POLITICO

One of the most vocal climate advocates on Capitol Hill is railing against the Biden administration’s choice to punt on placing new limits on emissions from existing gas-fired power plants.

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, a Rhode Island Democrat, on Thursday eviscerated the decision, saying it “makes no sense.”

It marks a rare break between Whitehouse and President Joe Biden’s EPA. It also comes as the administration has moved to weaken some climate actions, including those involving reporting of emissions from large companies and emissions in cars.


Those actions, seemingly meant to appease moderates in an election year, have frustrated some progressives.