Commented to DE members on EPA's Clean Power Plan

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September 6, 2014

Senator Chris Coons

CC: Senator Tom Carper, Representative John Carney

According to your 9/4/14 e-mail update, you applauded the EPA’s Clean Power Plan when it was announced in June.

Senator Coons took to the [Senate] floor to urge Congress to support the rules and come together to combat climate change, saying, "If the United States is going to lead the 21st century, we have to be at the forefront of combating climate change, for although we know that meeting this challenge will take global action, the U.S. needs to lead the way."

We would respectfully urge that you reconsider for the following reasons:

1. The manmade global warming theory has not been proven – and with no overall global warming since 1998 it is looking increasingly dubious.

2. The EPA fudged the cost vs. benefits of their plan. It would amount to a huge tax on Americans, with very little in the way of resultant benefits.

3. This is not simply an environmental regulation, it is an attempt to bypass Congress and make law by executive fiat. Such a result is not permitted under the US Constitution. Please refer to Article I, Section 1, which reads (emphasis added): “All legislative powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and a House of Representatives.”

For further discussion, see our June 16 letter to all members of the US Congress.

Please advise if you have questions or we can help further.

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