Industry groups target utility-focused climate plan


Industry groups target utility-focused climate plan

The Hill – Industry officials are attacking plans to focus greenhouse gas emission reductions on power plants, one day after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) gave new life to the idea.

The complaints from representatives of electrical co-ops and chemical producers focus on the higher energy costs that could result from the plan, and say power plants should not be signaled out for new restrictions.

"We do have serious reservations about that approach," Glenn English, a former Oklahoma Democratic congressman who now heads the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), told The Hill.

“We do not think it’s a fair or equitable way just to single out one industry.” His group does not stand alone in this assessment, he said. “There is significant concern among members of the electric utility industry about being singled out,” English said.

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