WASHINGTON D.C. – Rep. Gregg Harper (R-Miss.) released the following statement after joining an Amicus Brief signed by 34 Senators and 171 House Members that was filed today in the case of State of West Virginia, et al. v. Environmental Protection Agency, et al.

​“Mississippians are aware that the Clean Power Plan will have a negative impact on the entire country, but many aren’t aware that it affects Mississippi even more severely than most states,” said Harper. “Utility companies and electric power associations in Mississippi have made significant financial investments to reduce CO2 emissions over the last several years. These investments have resulted in our state being ranked as the 13th best CO2 emission state in 2012, with no credit being given for that progress. In fact, we’re punished for the progress that we have made. The EPA wants Mississippi to make a cut so drastic that we’ll have nearly the highest cost recovery in the country – a cost that will be paid for by Mississippians. I won’t be satisfied until it is no longer a threat to Mississippi families and businesses.”

The amicus brief is in support of petitions filed by 27 states seeking to overturn the EPA final rule identified as the Carbon Pollution Emission Guidelines for Existing Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units, EPA-HQ-OAR-2013-0602, 80 Fed. Reg. 64,662 (Oct. 23, 2015), also known as the “Clean Power Plan.”