Wisconsin expected to challenge federal regulation

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) said Jan. 13 to expect the state to file litigation against “federal energy regulations” that could hurt Wisconsin.

The allusion, during Walker’s ‘State of the State’ address was an apparent reference to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Clean Power Plan to have states cut carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions 30% by 2030. Numerous coal-dependent states have already announced plans to challenge the proposed rule.

Walker has been critical statements about the EPA rule proposal in the past. Wisconsin also relies heavily on coal-fired power plants for electric generation.

During the speech, Walker decried “top-down regulations and mandates from the federal government” that hurt innovation and growth in Wisconsin.

“Therefore, I am working with our new Attorney General [Brad Schimel] to prepare a lawsuit challenging the newly-proposed federal energy regulations,” Walker said. “These proposals could have a devastating impact on Wisconsin because we are so heavily dependent on manufacturing,” Walker said.

Walker said “recent reports” indicate that Wisconsin could lose thousands of jobs and ratepayers could see an increase of 29% under the federal plan.

“Instead of fighting with states like Wisconsin, the federal government should work with us to find reasonable alternatives,” Walker said.

Text of the Walker speech can be found at http://walker.wi.gov/newsroom/press-release/2015-state-state-address-moving-wisconsin-forward

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