House Speaker John Boehner joined presumptive Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in slamming the Obama administration’s agreement with China to reduce greenhouse gas emissions Wednesday morning.
“This announcement is yet another sign that the president intends to double down on his job-crushing policies no matter how devastating the impact for America’s heartland and the country as a whole,” Boehner announced in a statement.
Late Tuesday evening the White House announced that the U.S. would cut its emissions by up to 28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025, while China agreed to cap its CO2 emissions by 2030.
Boehner called the plan “the latest example of the president’s crusade against affordable, reliable energy that is already hurting jobs and squeezing middle-class families.” McConnell said the “economy can’t take the President’s ideological War on Coal that will increase the squeeze on middle-class families and struggling miners.” He adds that opposing such policies would be a “priority” in the new Congress.
“This unrealistic plan, that the President would dump on his successor, would ensure higher utility rates and far fewer jobs. The President said his policies were on the ballot, and the American people spoke up against them. It’s time for more listening, and less job-destroying red tape. Easing the burden already created by EPA regulations will continue to be a priority for me in the new Congress,” McConnell said.