EPA steps away from rule on gas-fired power plants

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The Biden Administration and its Environmental Protection Agency are backing off deeply opposed plans to apply restrictive climate rules on the 2,000 gas-fired power plants across the U.S., including those in Oklahoma.

But it is only temporary—until after the November election. The rule drew a rebuke last summer of Oklahoma Attorney General Gentner Drummond.

““The EPA’s anti-oil and gas agenda is a clear and present danger to the American economy,” said Drummond when he joined a coalition of 21 states opposing the EPA’s proposed new rule on existing coal, natural gas and oil-fired power plants.

He accused the EPA of “clearly stacking the deck to force the closure of power plants” and said if allowed to stand, it would cut jobs and raise energy costs for American families and businesses.

“The never-ending federal overreach of the Biden administration knows no bounds, particularly when it comes to America’s energy production.”

The EPA is still expected to finish a rule next month to cut greenhouse gas pollution lilmits for existing coal-fired and future natural gas plants. However, it reportedly will not include limits on existing gas-fired plants which generate most of the nation’s electricity.

As reports indicate, those existing plants will be the subject of a “new, comprehensive”regulation, according to EPA Administrator Michael Regan.

He said the result will be a “stronger, more durable” regulation to better protect the health of people in disadvantaged communities.