House votes to block Obamas climate plan amid veto threat

center_img The bill also would delay the climate rule until all court challenges are completed. Eight Democrats joined 239 Republicans to support the bill. Four Republicans voted against the measure.The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Ed Whitfield, R-Ky., said it would not reject Obama’s plan outright, but would simply give states more time to comply, while protecting families and businesses from potentially catastrophic electricity rate hikes.Last June, Obama rolled out a plan to reduce earth-warming pollution from power plants by 30 percent by 2030, setting in motion one of the most significant U.S. actions ever to address global warming. Once completed this summer, the rule will set the first national limits on carbon dioxide from existing power plants, the largest source of greenhouse gases in the U.S.The administration says the rule is expected to raise electricity prices by about 4.9 percent by 2020 and spur a wave of retirements of coal-fired power plants.A report by a consulting firm on behalf of a variety of industry groups predicts more severe impacts. The report by Boston-based NERA Economic Consulting says the plan would raise electricity prices by an average of 12 percent from 2017 to 2031 and cause nearly four dozen additional coal-fired power plants to retire beyond those expected to retire under current rules. Sponsored Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility FILE – In this Jan. 20, 2015 file photo, a plume of steam billows from the coal-fired Merrimack Station in Bow, N.H. A global health commission organized by the prestigious British medical journal Lancet recommended in a report published Monday, June 22, 2015, substituting cleaner energy worldwide for coal will reduce air pollution and give Earth a better chance at avoiding dangerous climate change. (AP Photo/Jim Cole, File) Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Top holiday drink recipes How do cataracts affect your vision?last_img

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