House votes to block Clean Power Plan

By Anna Simet | December 02, 2015

In a vote of 242-180, the U.S. House has voted to repeal the U.S. EPA’s Clean Power Plan, and through another vote of 235-188, to block EPA rules governing emissions from new power plants.

The vote follows a recent Senate vote on two similar resolutions. On Nov. 17, the U.S. Senate approved two resolutions that aim to block the U.S. EPA’s Clean Power Plan, in a close vote of 52-46. President Obama has stated he plans to veto the measures if presented with them.

The House vote occurred while the president attended the COP21 conference on climate change in Paris. In his speech at the event, he highlighted the Clean Power Plan as the first-ever set of national standards limiting the amount of carbon pollution our plants can emit, and said it would result in the savings of more than $50 billion in climate and health-related costs.

Defiance of the Clean Power Plan isn’t limited to the Republican-controlled Congress. On Oct. 23, the day the plan was filed in the Federal Register, several lawsuits were filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals in the District of Columbia, including one from a coalition of 24 states.

The EPA has said the Clean Power Plan is legal and believes it will withstand challenges.