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Mc­Don­nell protests EPA regulations to Obama

Gov. Bob Mc­Don­nell and 19 other Republican governors have written President Obama a letter complaining about increased Environmental Protection Agency regulations.

“We believe the EPA’s proposed rules harm domestic energy production and are hostile to the Administration’s stated goals of creating jobs, improving the regulatory process, and increasing our nation’s energy security,” they write.

The rules include the EPA’s decision to regulate greenhouse gases as harmful to human health and proposed rules for power plants and industrial boilers. They also discourage Obama from tapping the Strategic Petroleum Reserve and ask that EPA provide states cost estimates of proposed new regulations.

“The cumulative impact of EPA’s regulatory actions, resulting in a reduction of domestic energy supply and higher energy prices, could force the U.S. to rely even more heavily on foreign energy which can potentially stifle our fragile economic recovery.”

Rosalind Helderman is a political enterprise and investigations reporter for the Washington Post.
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