Unique among Mountain States, New Mexico Acquiesces to Obama “Clean Power Plan”

Kudos to New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas for suing the Environmental Protection Agency in the wake of the Gold King mining spill.  This disaster was clearly caused by the EPA and its incompetence.

Unfortunately, on another issue, the “Clean Power Plan,” Balderas has turned against New Mexicans’ best interests. The following map from America’s Energy Alliance (you can go there and find an interactive version of the map) shows which states are going along with Obama’s unconstitutional power-grab to regulate utilities (which should be regulated by the individual states). As is usually the case, New Mexico has aligned itself more closely with California and other leftist-dominated coastal cities than its more economically-free and fast-growing neighbors.

According to calculations from America’s Energy Alliance, New Mexicans will see wholesale rates rise by 10% and retail rates go up by 14% if the Clean Power Plan is implemented. The plan is so “over the top” that the US Supreme Court halted its implementation. The Rio Grande Foundation has joined those suing to stop the Plan.

Lest you think Obama’s “Plan” will have a major impact on the environment, EPA administrator Gina McCarthy testified that the rule would have a ‘minimal’ impact on climate.