Oklahoma AG criticizes Obama emissions plan

Oklahoman Published: June 2, 2014

TULSA (AP) — Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt says an Environmental Protection Agency plan to limit greenhouse gas emissions from power plants hampers the ability of states to devise their own ways to make the cuts.

Pruitt says the initiative unveiled Monday by the Obama administration to cut carbon dioxide emissions from plants over the next 15 years uses the EPA to pick winners and losers in the industry.

The plan suggests a 35 percent reduction of carbon emissions in Oklahoma by 2030. The state derives more than half its energy from natural gas and roughly 38 percent from coal.

Power companies that operate in the region say it’s too soon to determine if they will challenge the proposed regulations or estimate how the changes would affect rates for customers.