By Emily Roehler, Weekend Meteorologist - bio | email
U.S. Senator Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) released a statement in response to President Obama's speech on climate change, in which he called for increased regulations on energy plants and a national tax on affordable sources of energy:
"Nearly two-thirds of all Nebraska electricity is produced from coal-fired plants, which are an integral part of our state's public power system," said Fischer.
Fischer believes the proposal outlined by the president would increase compliance costs and jeopardize Nebraskans' access to affordable, reliable electricity.
She said, "It is unclear what – if any – discernible impact the president's plan would have on decreasing global greenhouse gas emissions."
Fisher said that instead of promoting a regime that, she believes, will decreases access to energy and increases consumer prices, the president and Congress should focus on ways to move toward the promised ‘all of the above' energy strategy.
She said, "It is my expectation – and the expectation of Nebraskans – that the president will work with – not around – members of Congress on bipartisan solutions that lower energy prices for Americans and bring us closer to realizing true energy independence."