Indiana Governor, Mike Pence rejects EPA Clean Power Plan
The National Journal is reporting that Gov. Mike Pence, Indiana has sent a letter to the White House openly rejecting the EPA’s “ill-conceived and poorly constructed” Clean Power Plan. Without “demonstrable” and “significant” improvements in the proposed regulation, Pence says his state “will not comply” with the rule.
Gov. Pence also goes on to note that Indiana will use any means available to block the rule’s implementation and criticizes the rule as damaging to Indiana’s economy. Pence notes that the CPP will impact system reliability, force the state to fundamentally restructure its generation system, and that it oversteps the agency’s legal and Constitutional boundaries.
More than a violation of the goals of affordable, reliable energy, your plan ignores the
separation of powers enshrined in our nation’s Constitution. To realize the carbon dioxide emission reductions you seek, Indiana will have to fundamentally change the way electricity is dispatched. Currently, electricity is dispatched according to lowest price, which is consistent with the goals of affordability and reliability that drive energy policy in our state. Under your plan, sources of electricity are determined according to lowest carbon dioxide emissions. In other words, carbon dioxide drives the decision, not cost.
Reports on this letter indicate that the White House did not respond to requests for comments.