Press Releases

Washington, D.C. ­– U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) released the following statement today on the Obama Administration’s announcement of new Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) “Clean Power Plan” regulations and its negative impact on Arizona businesses and consumers:

“The Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan will have a harmful economic effect on Arizonans, especially low-income families who are least able to afford an electricity rate hikes as a result of this administrative action. In addition, small business-owners who don’t have the luxury of passing on utility-price increases will be unable to replace old equipment or hire new employees. Where businesses can pass on those costs, it will harm consumers throughout the state.

“The fact is, this final rule will do nothing to lower the cost of electricity and will only serve to further the Obama Administration’s ambition of killing coal power-production in the United States. To combat this bureaucratic overreach, Senator Flake and I have introduced legislation to delay compliance with the rule until lawsuits challenging its legality have been completed. Clearly, no one should believe that the ‘Clean Power Plan’ is a good-faith effort to protect public health or the environment. Rather, it is an extension of the President’s executive action strategy using his ‘pen and phone’ to unconstitutionally forge a legacy which will have a chilling impact on Arizona’s economy that has still not fully recovered from the recession of 2008.”

Senators McCain and Jeff Flake (R-AZ) have been working in Congress to prevent the Obama Administration’s new Clean Power Plan and other environmental regulations from burdening small businesses and consumers across the State of Arizona. Last month, they wrote a letter to the EPA urging the agency to address concerns about the Clean Power Plan, including its disproportionate effect on Arizonans. In addition, the Senate recently passed a bill introduced by Senator John Barrasso (R-WY) and cosponsored by Senators McCain and Flake that would prevent the EPA from using its Clean Water Rule to add new costs to business and property-owners by regulating land or isolated water. Senators McCain and Flake have also introduced a bill to force the EPA to rewrite its water rule using peer-reviewed science, which it failed to do before finalizing the rule. Further, Senator McCain sent a letter urging the EPA to consider the grave impacts its regulations could have on American businesses and the economy.

Senators McCain and Flake warn about the harmful effects of these and other Obama Administration environmental regulations in a recent op-ed published by The Arizona Republic.