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Dems, GOP deeply divided over EPA’s carbon emissions proposal

David Hood and Cathy Taylor | Wahington Bureau – The Orange County Register 

WASHINGTON — Reaction on Capitol Hill to the EPA’s proposed rules to cut carbon emissions was swift and combative, with Republicans calling the plan a threat to the economy and Democrats lauding it as commonsense that will be noticed around the world.

Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein characterized the draft as a “big step toward reaching that goal” of solving climate change, while Rep. Ed Royce, R-Fullerton, called the rules “artificial limits to the marketplace” that would increase costs for consumers.

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Rep. John Campbell, R-Irvine: “This is another in a long line of misguided and perhaps illegal actions on the part of the Obama administration to accomplish by regulation what they were unable to do by legislation — even when Democrats controlled both the House and Senate. It will have no effect on air quality and only serves the edicts of the most extreme denizens of the global warming theory.”

Rep. Alan Lowenthal, D-Long Beach: “I’m proud to see the president take action on climate change when many in Congress won’t agree that we even have a problem. The President has taken a big step under the Clean Air Act, but to comprehensively address this problem Congress will need to show the same leadership.”

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Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Vista: “The EPA’s new national energy tax will cost the U.S. an estimated 224,000 jobs a year for the next 15 years while forcing rate increases across the country. ”

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Costa Mesa: “The EPA’s draconian new rules on carbon emissions, a needless remedy for a scientifically dubious fear of ‘global warming,’ despite a decade and a half of stable and perhaps cooling temperatures, will take billions of dollars out of the private sector’s investment pool.”

Rep. Ed Royce, R-Fullerton: “Burdensome regulations on power plants that provide Californian homes and small businesses with their electricity will result in higher costs for all involved, slowing job growth when the American economy shrank for the first time in three years.”

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