Alexandria, VA – The following statement was released today by the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity President and CEO Steve Miller in response to President Obama’s State of the Union Address:
“Sustained economic growth, competiveness in the global marketplace and the creation of millions of American jobs depend on sensible regulations and policies.
“The most important thing President Obama and Congress can do to ‘win the future’ is work together to create jobs, help families cope and get our economy growing. Sound energy policies that ensure a vital role for coal are essential to accomplishing these goals.
“In 2011, half of U.S. households will devote at least 20 percent of their after-tax income to energy. Ten years ago, these households spent only 12 percent of their income on energy. The affordability of coal-fueled electricity has helped moderate this increase in energy costs, and continued reliance on coal can help the U.S. to recover economically and American businesses to compete globally.”