TPPF Statement on Oklahoma

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CAROLINE ESPINOSA, 04/29/15-

AUSTIN –The Texas Public Policy Foundation today commended Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin for issuing an executive order stating that Oklahoma will not file a State Implementation Plan (SIP) with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulating carbon dioxide emission produced by Oklahoma power plants. Additionally, the order requests Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to take any necessary action to protect the state of Oklahoma and its citizens from federal actions that impinge on their rights and freedom. Texas Public Policy Foundation Fueling Freedom Project Director Doug Domenech issued the following statement on Gov. Fallin’s executive order:

“Oklahoma recognizes the EPA’s Clean Power Plan edict for what it is: a power grab. The overreach by this federal agency is an attempt to take control over power generation in the states in such a way that would dramatically increase costs on individuals and businesses alike while harming jobs and states’ economies. I applaud Governor Fallin for taking such a strong stand against this seriously flawed and unconstitutional EPA regulation. State – all states – should count the cost of complying in terms of higher electricity rates on all families – rich and poor – and all businesses – large and small.”

The Texas Public Policy Foundation recently released a paper by TPPF Distinguished Senior Fellow-in-Residence and Director of the Armstrong Center for Energy & Environment Kathleen Hartnett White entitled The Facts About the Clean Power Plan.

Doug Domenech is Director of the Fueling Freedom Project at the Texas Public Policy Foundation. Domenech most recently served as Secretary of Natural Resources for the Commonwealth of Virginia and served as White House Liaison and deputy chief of staff at the U.S. Department of the Interior.

Kathleen Hartnett White is a distinguished senior fellow-in-residence and the director of the Armstrong Center for Energy & the Environment. Former Chairman for the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (2001-2007).

The Texas Public Policy Foundation is a non-profit, free-market research institute based in Austin, Texas.

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