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House Republicans Vote To Undermine Obama's Energy Law During Paris Climate Summit

| by Robert Fowler
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of KentuckySenate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky

House Republicans have passed passed two resolutions to undermine the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan, which is designed to force U.S. power plants to cut down on greenhouse gas emissions.

The resolutions are expected be vetoed by President Barack Obama, and are considered to be symbolic of the GOP’s resistance to the president’s energy agenda while he attends the Paris climate summit, Huffington Post reports.

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The Clean Power Plan gives the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) the authority to require that each state cut their carbon emissions by 32 percent by 2030. Republicans in Congress say that the rule hurts American jobs and raises energy costs, Huffington Post reports.

Utility companies such as the National Mining Association are suing the EPA over the Clean Air Act, according to the Huffington Post.

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House Republicans in a Dec. 1 vote blocked the Clean Power Plan from being applied to both existing and future power plants. Using the Congressional Review Act, which allows lawmakers to throw out any executive orders they deem unconstitutional, Republicans passed by resolutions 242-180 and 235-188 votes, respectively, Huffington Post reports.

Republican Rep. Jeff Duncan of South Carolina says that, instead of attending the climate summit in Paris, President Obama should be putting all of his attention to combatting the Islamic State group instead of addressing a “pseudoscientific threat.”

97 percent of climate scientists agree that global temperatures are rising and that humanity is contributing to their problem, according to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

While Obama has been forging deals with over 190 countries to cut down on carbon emissions worldwide, Republicans lawmakers have vowed to reverse any commitments the president makes.

“The president’s international negotiating partners at that conference should proceed with caution before entering into an unattainable deal with this administration, because commitments the president makes there would rest on a house of cards of his own making,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky writes in an op-ed for The Washington Post.

Obama is expected to veto both resolutions, the Huffington Post reports.

Sources: Huffington Post, NASA.gov, The Washington Post / Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore / Flickr