Walker Praises President's Action on Energy Independence
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Mark Walker (R-N.C.) today praised President Trump's Energy Independence Executive Order that reverses many of the most expensive and burdensome regulations on American jobs and energy production.
"North Carolinians are facing increases in their energy bills and their groceries because of an out-of-control regulatory system that disregards any unintended consequences their rule-making has on low and middle-income families," Walker said. "I want to protect America's natural treasures for generations to come; however, that doesn’t mean disregarding common sense and facts. I applaud President Trump for striking these burdensome rules and supporting an all-of-the-above energy approach that promotes innovation."
"It is our responsibility to promote policies that deliver clean air and water, alongside strong economic growth and job creation," Walker added.
The executive order directs the Environmental Protection Agency to suspend, revise, or rescind four actions related to the Clean Power Plan that would stifle the American energy industry. According to NERA Economic Consulting, the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan could cost up to $39 billion a year and increase electricity prices in 41 States by at least ten percent. It also lifts the ban on federal leasing for coal production, and takes away job-killing restrictions on the production of oil, natural gas, clean coal, and shale energy.