Democrats in Illinois’ congressional delegation say the president had no choice but to bypass Congress to combat climate change.
New regulations proposed by President Obama would limit carbon dioxide pollutions from existing coal-fueled power plants, with the goal of cutting emissions up to 30 percent by 2030.
The proposal comes through an executive order. U.S. Rep Mike Quigley (D-Chicago) says the Republican-controlled House would refuse to consider any legislation on the issue.
“Most of them who don’t believe in climate change have serious doubts about evolution,” Quigley said, “and if it worked (for) their political beliefs, I think they would question the laws of gravity.”
The rules would not be finalized until 2015, and then states would have another year to work out their own plans on how to meet the standards.
Organizations such as the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association claim the rules would eliminate thousands of jobs in the state and raise electricity rates.