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Thune on EPA regulations: Nothing more than a national energy tax

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., on Monday made the following comment regarding the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) proposed regulations on existing power plants:

"Make no mistake, the administration's proposed rule is nothing more than a national energy tax that will be yet another sucker punch to middle-class families throughout South Dakota struggling to get by in the Obama economy. These regulations, which will increase electricity costs, will especially hurt low-income families and seniors who live on fixed incomes and already devote a large share of their income to electricity bills. In addition to hurting families, the regulations will destroy jobs, while essentially doing nothing to improve our global environment. The president's proposed regulations are lose-lose-lose."