Comment Examples in Favor of the CPP Repeal

Use these examples to formulate your comments in favor of the Clean Power Plan Repeal.

RE: Economy

“I think that it is important to repeal the Clean Power Plan because the economic life of not only my local community, but my entire state depends on it. With little benefit to the communities that are most directly impact, the plan would have obliterated jobs and businesses. Instead of allowing communities to naturally adjust to the changing energy demands of the country, it would effectively force coal mines to close.

The community damage wouldn’t end with the loss of the mines themselves. Entire communities have support services based around the mining industry, and without the mines, they too would close down. The federal government would destroy the lives of my neighbors to achieve some lofty goal that might not even be able to be achieved anyway. ”-Anonymous

RE: Federalism

“The Clean Power Plan was designed to fail. The main reason that this is true is because the federal government has taken too much power from the states. Instead of relying on the tried and trusted method of allowing states to be ‘laboratories’ for policy creation and implementation, the Clean Power Plan applies an one‐standard‐fits‐all strategy. Emissions reduction targets that might be achievable in Montana might not be attainable in Tennessee. So the actual effect of the CPP would be to burden state’s energy sector and economy to achieve goals that couldn’t even be achieved. Not only does the lack of respect for federalism that the CPP embodies not work on a theoretical level, but its not even constitutional in the first place. Energy production has been historically managed and regulated on the state level, and the 10th amendment to the US constitution delegates to the states all that is not covered by the Constitution. Hence, the CPP’s regulation scheme is directly at odds with the Constitutional requirement of federalism.”-Anonymous

RE: Administrative State

“It is clear that the most pressing issue presented by the Clean Power Plan is how drastically it expands the power of the already overwhelming administrative state. Any person who reads the relevant section of the Clean Air Act can tell that it was not Congress’s intention to allow the EPA to mandate a fundamental restructuring of the energy sector of the United States. If the EPA is allowed to do this, what’s next? Will the Fish and Wildlife Service be able to fundamentally restructure the timber industry? Will the Department of Housing and Human Development be able to fundamentally restructure how cities provide subsidized affordable housing? If the administrative state is permitted to do whatever it wants like the EPA claims it can do here, what is the point of having a legislature at all? The power belongs to the people, and a change of this magnitude should be voted on by the representatives of the people, and not the appointees in charge of bureaucracies. ”-Anonymous