Majority of U.S. Senate Objects To EPA’s Greenhouse Gas Regulations

Posted by admin2 at 7:00 pm, April 06, 2011

Alexandria, Va. – The American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity commended the bipartisan group of 64 U.S. Senators who today expressed their concern regarding EPA’s regulation of greenhouse gas emissions. Seventeen Democrat and 47 Republican Senators today voted in favor of one or more amendments to prevent or limit EPA’s regulations.

“These votes demonstrate bipartisan opposition to EPA’s attempts to regulate greenhouse gas emissions because these regulations could harm jobs, increase electricity costs and hurt our economy,” said Steve Miller, president and CEO of ACCCE.

“Americans are struggling with higher energy prices, but EPA is adopting regulations that could make electricity more expensive. The affordability of coal-fueled electricity helps to hold down increases in energy costs, and continued reliance on coal can help our nation recover economically and American businesses to compete globally,” said Miller.

3 Responses to “Majority of U.S. Senate Objects To EPA’s Greenhouse Gas Regulations”

  1. Taylor Cantril says:

    I fully appreciate the concern about keeping electricity costs affordable, but the statements above don’t mention any alternative policies for combatting global climate change. Further, I searched for “climate” on this website and didn’t get any results.

    Does the ACCCE agree with the scientific community’s assessment that climate change is anthropogenic, it’s already happening, and it will involve severely negative consequences for human development? This is the conclusion of the Nobel-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, based on decades of climatology research. As a college student, I’m not just concerned about my electrical bills. I’m concerned about my future – the social, economic, and environmental conditions that are conducive to just societies, and I don’t think we’ll get there without an immediate response to climate change. Surely the scientists working with ACCCE understand this.

    From Steve Miller’s quote above, it appears that ACCCE is opposed the the climate policies that have been entertained by the U.S. Congress. Does the ACCCE support alternative policies to respond to this urgent, global issue?

    • william wedesweiler says:

      I enjoy having students research issues. It is necessary also to show maturity in researching to understand that certain groups have bias. Much like politics. But, plainly the fancy words and terms swerve from the overall issue of earthly cycles which are opportunistic in this analysis, which erringly supports a biased educator trend that often occurs these days.

  2. America's Power says:

    Hi Taylor,

    Thanks for your questions.

    Reducing CO2 emissions will be one of the largest challenges the coal-based electricity industry has faced in decades.. That’s why the coal-based electricity industry is working with the federal government to develop, demonstrate and deploy the next generation of advanced coal technologies, including carbon capture and storage projects. You can take a look at how these technologies work by looking at our CCS infographic or watching Dan Connell of Consol Energy talk about the latest developments in CCS technologies.

    Second, we support an integrated U.S. climate strategy that (1) promotes development and deployment of CCS technologies, (2) recognizes that any policy addressing climate change is a global issue and (3) values coal’s vital role in America’s energy future along with other sources of energy. That’s why we came up with 12 principles of federal carbon management legislation that we believe can address climate change concerns while balancing economic, energy and environmental goals.

    President Obama and members of his administration, like Energy Secretary Steven Chu and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, are committed to coal-based electricity and the development of advanced coal technologies, and our industry continues to work with the federal government to ensure that that these technologies can be rapidly deployed so that coal-based electricity’s environmental footprint can become smaller.