Christie Challenges Obama’s Emissions Regulation 


Gov. Chris Christie says President Barack Obama’s plans to cut greenhouse gas emissions from power plants is flawed and is asking the Environmental Protection Agency not to implement the regulation.

Christie said Wednesday the Clean Power Plan places “onerous and burdensome” regulations on business and state government. Christie’s administration formally sought to block the rule in a letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy.

Under the rule, the U.S. must cut power plant emissions 32 percent by 2030, compared to 2005 levels. The Obama administration said it would cost $8.4 billion annually by 2030, but argued that power bills would decrease because people would use less electricity and rely more heavily on low-cost sources like wind and solar.

Christie is seeking the Republican nomination for president.