Here are some of the comments from lawmakers and interest groups:
“Today’s announcement is a dagger in the heart of the American middle class, and to representative Democracy itself.” –
“The world is not flat and climate change is real. There can be no excuses when it comes to combating climate change. It's our responsibility to protect the air we breathe and the safety of our communities.” – Rep.
“The president’s plan is nuts, there’s really no more succinct way to describe it.... The question now is: Will Senate
“We look forward to working with the administration on how best to achieve cost-effective greenhouse gas emissions reductions while continuing to support growth and job creation.” – Dave Cote, chairman and CEO of
“We already restrict mercury and arsenic pollution – it’s time we did the same for toxic carbon pollution." – House Minority Leader
"This latest assault on our economy by President Obama will destroy jobs here in Kentucky and across the country, and will hurt middle-class families by hiking their utility bills and straining their budgets. The excessive rule is an illegal use of executive power, and I will force a vote to repeal it.” – Sen.
“Thank goodness the president refuses to be bullied by those who have their heads in the sand, and whose obstruction is leading us off the climate change cliff.” – Sen.
"Power plant pollution makes people sick and cuts short lives.... Cleaning up carbon pollution will have an immediate, positive impact on public health." – American Lung Assn.
"Four years after a Democratic Senate rejected cap-and-trade, the administration continues its pursuit to regulate where
“Coal companies, the Koch brothers and other allies of polluting special interests may fight this proposal, but scientific facts, economic opportunity and history aren’t on their side.” – Sen.
“We can all agree that clean air is worth fighting for, but the president seems to imagine a bubble over the U.S., as if pollution from other countries that generate more and regulate less don’t reach our environment. This reckless and ineffective rule will have little or no impact on our environment, yet take a devastating toll on our economy.” – Sen.
"Clean energy policies are already working in California, generating billions of dollars in energy savings and more than a million jobs. Bold, sustained action will be required at every level, and this is a major step forward." – California Gov. Jerry Brown (D), candidate for reelection
“Throughout his presidency, Barack Obama has adopted a my-way-or-the-highway approach, and that explains why he’s shoving these
“As a representative and lifelong resident of one of the areas hardest hit by
"President Obama's new EPA rule is more proof that Washington isn't working for Kentucky. When I'm in the U.S. Senate, I will fiercely oppose the president's attack on Kentucky's coal industry, because protecting our jobs will be my No. 1 priority." – Alison Lundergan Grimes, Democratic nominee for Senate in Kentucky
“I applaud President Obama for using every tool at his disposal and not waiting for Congress or a new international treaty. California and nine Eastern states have used similar policies, including an effective cap-and-trade system, which can serve as a national model to help our country achieve the president’s goals. The experiences of those states also prove that this is not a Democrat or Republican issue, it's a people issue.” – Former California Gov.
"Washington bureaucrats need to understand, these are not numbers on a balance sheet, they are real people with families to feed." – Natalie Tennant, Democratic nominee for Senate in West Virginia