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Noem expresses concern over affordability of electricity under new greenhouse gas proposal

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Representative Kristi Noem, R-S.D., on Monday expressed her concern over the future affordability of electricity after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed severe restrictions on greenhouse gas emissions for existing power plants.

"Nearly one-third of our electricity in South Dakota comes from coal," Noem said. "Coal-fired power plants make it more affordable to heat our homes during the winter, cool them during the summer, and run the fans in grain bins during harvest. If prices skyrocket, as even the president has admitted they will do under strict regulations, our way of life will change. This is a pocketbook issue for South Dakota; it's a pocketbook issue for our entire country."

The proposed climate rule for existing power plants would require as much as a 30 percent cut in greenhouse gas emissions.

"Once again, Congress has already denied the president's expensive cap-and-trade proposal, so the administration is now trying to circumvent the legislative process. We won't have it," Noem said. "I will do all I can to stop the financial impact of this administration's overzealous regulations from hitting the pocketbooks of hardworking South Dakotans. I know how critical it is to South Dakota families that we are successful."

In preparation for this proposal, Noem joined more than 170 Members of Congress on a letter urging the EPA to extend the comment period on its upcoming regulation of greenhouse gases from existing power plants. In the EPA's announcement Monday, they accepted the Congresswoman's request and will leave the comment period open for 120 days.