Boehner: Obama’s Plan for Climate Change ‘Absolutely Crazy’

By Elizabeth Harrington | June 20, 2013 | 1:18 PM EDT

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio). (AP)

( – Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) became angry when asked about President Barack Obama’s plan to unveil new regulations to combat climate change, saying it is “absolutely crazy.”

At a Capitol Hill press conference on Thursday, Boehner said, “I think this is absolutely crazy!”

“Why would you want to increase the cost of energy and kill more American jobs at a time when the American people are still asking the question, ‘Where are the jobs?’” he said.  “Clear enough?”

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Obama could release a “sweeping” plan to target carbon emissions as early as next week, and is considering first-ever limits on carbon dioxide from power plants.

According to Heather Zichal, deputy assistant to the president for energy and climate change, the package will target reducing carbon emissions from power plants, more rules for the energy efficiency of appliances, and expanding the development of clean energy on public lands.

“Peace with justice means refusing to condemn our children to a harsher, less hospitable planet,” Obama said on Wednesday.  “The effort to slow climate change requires bold action.”

Obama said, “We have to do more” to bring down carbon emissions, and promised, “we will do more.”

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has already proposed new emission standards that will make it “nearly impossible to build a new coal-fired power plant in the United States.”

The EPA rule—which would limit newly built power plants’ carbon dioxide emissions to 1,000 pounds-per-megawatt-hour—has been delayed, but if instituted would result in the shut down of 280 coal-fired generating units, according to a report.