WASHINGTON D.C. (WTAQ) - The federal government wants Wisconsin to reduce its carbon dioxide emissions from coal fired power plants by 34 percent between now and 2030.
The EPA's proposal Monday calls for a larger cut in emissions than the national average of 30 percent, compared to the levels from 2005. It's being called President Obama's crown jewel in his long-time efforts to cut global warming.
The government says Wisconsin gets almost two-thirds of its energy from coal fired electric plants.
Sixth District GOP congressional candidate Joe Leibham was among the state's first politicians to respond. The state senator from Sheboygan scolded the Democrat Obama for using "unelected bureaucrats to raise the cost of electricity on American consumers."
Congress does not have to act on the EPA's directive, but some lawmakers have already promised to try and block the new rules.
The 645 page proposal has each state determining how to meet its own customized targets for cutting carbon dioxide. The states would then submit its plans to the EPA for approval.
If a state does not come up with its own plan, the federal government could give them a cookie cutter -- just like it did to Wisconsin for Obamacare. That again puts the onus on GOP Governor Scott Walker to decide what the state will do.
Walker's office has not commented on the EPA package as of late morning.
(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)