HOUSTON (AP) — Republican governors from oil-and-gas rich states said Monday that new federal rules designed to cut global warming pollution from power plants by 30 percent by 2030 will kill jobs and growth.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry hosted Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple in Houston.
Mead, whose state produces the most coal in the country, said he — like the others — will use a public comment period to express reservations and hope that the Environmental Protection Agency will make satisfactory changes to the rules before they become official. Wyoming currently has 11 outstanding lawsuits against the federal agency and will not hesitate to challenge these rules in court if necessary, he said.
"We view this as a problem for Wyoming," Mead said.
These four governors joined five others in a letter to President Barack Obama on Monday that says data shows "millions of jobs will be lost and billions of dollars will be spent" to comply with the regulations to cut carbon dioxide emissions from power plants and other federal rules. All nine governors who signed the letter are Republican.
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