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Boehner: Obama's new EPA regulations are "nuts"

Speaker John Boehner
Speaker John Boehner
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Andrew Prokop is a senior politics correspondent at Vox, covering the White House, elections, and political scandals and investigations. He’s worked at Vox since the site’s launch in 2014, and before that, he worked as a research assistant at the New Yorker’s Washington, DC, bureau.

In a statement Monday morning, House Speaker John Boehner offered his views on President Obama's new EPA regulations cutting carbon emissions from power plants. "The president's plan is nuts, there's really no more succinct way to describe it," Boehner said. He complained that Obama's efforts to address climate change would "ship jobs overseas," and would mean condemning Americans to "higher bills and lower incomes."

Boehner's statement mentioned nothing about global warming, the main rationale for the EPA rules. "I'm not qualified to debate the science over climate change," Boehner said days earlier. For more on the new EPA rules, check out Brad Plumer's primer on what they do, and Ezra Klein's post on how Republicans have shifted their views on climate science since 2008.

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