AUSTIN – Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker this week issued an executive order to prohibit state agencies, departments, boards, commissions, or any of their agents from developing or promoting the development of a state plan to comply with the 111(d) Rule of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) so-called Clean Power Plan (CPP) until the expiration of the stay issued by the U.S. Supreme Court last week. The Texas Public Policy Foundation’s (TPPF) Fueling Freedom Project Director Doug Domenech issued the following statement:

“We applaud Governor Walker for issuing Executive Order #186 in his efforts to protect the ratepayers of Wisconsin from the potentially devastating impacts of the EPA’s carbon emission regulations. We urge Governors across the country to take similar action. This move is important because the EPA Rule has been suspended and has no legal force. In the unlikely event that the Plan is upheld, EPA would be forced to completely reset all Power Plan deadlines. It is important that Governors exercise their constitutional duties to protect their citizens by mandating that all work associated with complying with this, at best, questionable environmental regulation, be halted immediately. Any taxpayers dollars spent during the judicial review process are resources that could be better spent on the real needs of the people of Wisconsin.”

To schedule an interview with Mr. Domenech, please contact Caroline Espinosa at cespinosa@texaspolicy.com or 512-472-2700.

The Honorable Doug Domenech is director of the Fueling Freedom Project at the Texas Public Policy Foundation. Domenech most recently served as Secretary of Natural Resources for the Commonwealth of Virginia and served as White House Liaison and deputy chief of staff at the U.S. Department of the Interior.

The Texas Public Policy Foundation is a non-profit, free-market research institute based in Austin, Texas.

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