This week, members of Congress are in their home districts to visit with constituents and discuss recent votes and debates. If you’re able to see your Congressman or Senator this week, it’s important to remind them of the critical role coal plays in the U.S. economy, and let them know how EPA regulations would negatively impact America.
A new study conducted by National Economic Research Associates (NERA), using state-of-the-art modeling tools and government data, shows the devastating consequences of these regulations. Here are three things you can tell your member of Congress about the damage that proposed EPA regulations could cause:
- Heavy Job Loss. Under new and proposed regulations, 183,000 jobs would be lost each year from 2012-2020. That’s one and a half jobs lost every minute of every work day.
- A Weaker U.S. Economy. These regulations would reduce the disposable income of the average American family by $270 per year and cause a $29 billion drop in the country’s gross domestic product.
- Increased Electricity Prices. Electricity costs could rise by double digits in many regions of the U.S. Regions covering all or part of 30 states, plus D.C., have peak-year increases exceeding 10 percent and as high as 19 percent.
It’s important to share these facts with your legislators and remind them that America is strong with coal-based electricity. With coal providing nearly half of America’s electricity, it’s clear that coal continues to be a stable, affordable and abundant way to power the country.
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