Obama vetoes GOP attempt to reverse power plant regulations

President Barack Obama has vetoed two resolutions passed by Congress that would have halted climate change polices enacted earlier this year.

The legislation would have nullified new Environmental Protection Agency rules requiring power plants to reduce carbon emissions by 30 percent over the next 15 years.

The initiative, the Clean Power Plan, was first unveiled in August.

Twenty-seven states are currently suing to stop the new regulations from being implemented.

The veto announcement was dated Friday but released by the White House Saturday morning, as the president and his family traveled to Hawaii to begin a two-week Christmas vacation.

The president vetoed two separate Congressional resolutions related to the new rule – one for new power plants and another for existing ones – adding to the five vetoes he already had issued this year.

“The Clean Power Plan is a tremendously important step in the fight against global climate change,” Obama said in the statement.

“Because the resolution would overturn the Clean Power Plan, which is critical to protecting against climate change and ensuring the health and well-being of our Nation, I cannot support it,” he said.

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