House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton, R-Mich., has asked the Environmental Protection Agency to withdraw its proposed carbon emissions rule that applies to new power plants. Upton, along with Reps. Steve Scalise, R-La., Ed Whitfield, R-Ky., and Joe Barton, R-Texas, wrote a letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, saying the proposed rule is beyond the EPA's authority. Withdrawing the regulation "will ensure that the agency does not propose standards beyond its legal authority. This will also ensure that stakeholders and the public will not have to incur additional costs to respond to a proposal that contravenes applicable law," they said in the letter.

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