Kirk’s opposition to power plant rule is political issue at home

Dick Simpson, former GCI scholar and professor of political science, is quoted in an Environment & Energy article on U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk’s opposition to the EPA’s Clean Power Plan, which aims to reduce carbon pollution from power plants.

Dick Simpson, a political science professor at the University of Illinois, Chicago, said the announced votes on the CRA resolutions may be intended to balance the immigration vote, which was politically important.

“To be completely anti-immigration like some of the Republican Party is would be a dangerous position here,” said Simpson, a former Chicago alderman.

Kirk’s task, he said, is to keep “the conservative wing from putting anybody up to challenge him and getting the independent and some Democratic votes that he will need in the [general election] Senate race.”

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