January 11, 2016 - Issue: Vol. 162, No. 6 — Daily Edition114th Congress (2015 - 2016) - 2nd Session
MEMORANDUM OF DISAPPROVAL; Congressional Record Vol. 162, No. 6
(Senate - January 11, 2016)
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[Pages S28-S29] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] MEMORANDUM OF DISAPPROVAL S.J. Res. 24 is a joint resolution providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5 of the United States Code of a rule submitted by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) relating to ``Carbon Pollution Emission Guidelines for Existing Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units.'' This resolution would nullify the Clean Power Plan, the first national standards to address climate- destabilizing greenhouse gas pollution from existing power plants. Accordingly, I am withholding my approval of this resolution. (The Pocket Veto Case, 279 U.S. 655 (1929)). Climate change poses a profound threat to our future and future generations. Atmospheric levels of carbon dioxide, a primary greenhouse gas, are higher than they have been in at least 800,000 years. In 2009, EPA determined that greenhouse gas pollution endangers Americans' health and welfare by causing long-lasting changes in the climate that can have, and are already having, a range of negative effects on human health, the climate, and the environment. We are already seeing the impacts of climate change, and established science confirms that we will experience stronger storms, deeper droughts, longer wildfire seasons, and other intensified impacts as the planet warms. The Pentagon has determined that climate change poses immediate risks to our national security. The Clean Power Plan is a tremendously important step in the fight against global climate change. It is projected to reduce carbon pollution from power plants by 32 percent from 2005 levels by 2030. It builds on progress States and the power sector are already making to move toward cleaner [[Page S29]] energy production, and gives States the time and flexibility they need to develop tailored, cost-effective plans to reduce their emissions. By nullifying the Clean Power Plan, S.J. Res. 24 not only threatens ongoing progress toward cleaner energy, but would also eliminate public health and other benefits of up to $54 billion per year by 2030, including thousands fewer premature deaths from air pollution and thousands fewer childhood asthma attacks each year. The Clean Power Plan is essential in addressing the largest source of greenhouse gas pollution in our country. It is past time to act to mitigate climate impacts on American communities. Because the resolution would overturn the Clean Power Plan, which is critical to protecting against climate change and ensuring the health and well- being of our Nation, I cannot support it. To leave no doubt that the resolution is being vetoed, in addition to withholding my signature, I am returning S.J. Res. 24 to the Secretary of the Senate, along with this Memorandum of Disapproval. Barack Obama. The White House, December 18, 2015. ____ One Hundred Fourteenth Congress of the United States of America AT THE FIRST SESSION Begun and held at the City of Washington on Tuesday, the sixth day of January, two thousand and fifteen Joint Resolution Providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of a rule submitted by the Environmental Protection Agency relating to ``Carbon Pollution Emission Guidelines for Existing Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units''. Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That Congress disapproves the rule submitted by the Environmental Protection Agency relating to ``Carbon Pollution Emission Guidelines for Existing Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units'' (published at 80 Fed. Reg. 64662 (October 23, 2015)), and such rule shall have no force or effect. Paul D. Ryan, Speaker of the House of Representatives. Orrin Hatch, President of the Senate pro tempore. ____________________