Across the country, Americans are speaking up and telling the EPA to slow down on regulations that could destroy jobs.
In a guest editorial for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Hugh McVey, the President of the Missouri AFL-CIO and Dan Mehan, the president of the Missouri Chamber of Commerce—one on behalf of local unions and one on behalf of local businesses—describe the impact these regulations would have on small businesses and working Missourians:
Even if the national and state economies were in better shape, such an extensive series of rulemaking would challenge utility decision makers and power plant operators…In a time of great economic uncertainty, this could burden Missouri workers, businesses and families with job losses and energy price increases that we cannot afford. – McVey & Mehan
In a recent piece published by the Columbus Dispatch, Kevin Schmidt, who works with the Ohio Manufacturers’ Association, agrees that before regulations are put into place, a complete assessment of their impacts needs to be completed. For example, EPA regulations could end up costing Ohio 53,000 jobs—something the Buckeye State just can’t afford.
We all also want a brighter economic future for all Ohioans. The fact is, we can have both a healthier environment and a stronger economy with the sound public policies and prudent business investments that will be fostered by balanced regulations… Ohio manufacturers, businesses and families are depending on our leaders in Washington to take common-sense action on this critical policy front. – Schmidt
Losing good paying jobs can be devastating to an entire region, and unfortunately that’s a scenario that many hard-working Pennsylvanians have become all too familiar with. Ed Yankovich, the international vice president of District 2 of the United Mine Workers, told this to the Pittsburgh-Tribune Review just today:
This combination of unrealistic EPA compliance deadlines and unachievable standards is a recipe for economic disaster…There can be little doubt — EPA assurances to the contrary — that tens of thousands of jobs are going to be lost in the utility, coal mining and transportation sectors nationwide…The EPA needs to wake up to the realities working families and small businesses face in this economy. – Yankovich
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October is National Energy Awareness Month! The White House created National Energy Awareness Month two years ago to reinforce just how important energy is to the United States. To celebrate, Behind the Plug will feature a series about energy in America. Read part 1 and part 2.
Generating electricity is more than just flipping the “on” switch. The numerous energy sources in America all have different processes from turning raw natural resources into the power used in our homes and businesses.
There are many facets involved in producing electricity from coal; including how it’s mined, shipped, processed and used to turn turbines that ultimately produce reliable baseload power. Because of this extensive process used by nearly 600 coal-fueled power plants across the country, the coal industry is able to support 550,000 American jobs.
In a piece from Ohio’s Coshocton Tribune, readers can see just how coal goes from the mine to your power outlets. Check out the Tribune’s full article to read about the coal-power generating process in Ohio, where more than 80 percent of electricity is powered by coal:
From mine to electricity: a closer look at coal
Legislation Would Protect Jobs and the Environment
Alexandria, Va. – The American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity today commended the U.S. House of Representatives for passing bipartisan legislation that would establish a state-based regulatory framework for management and disposal of coal ash. The legislation, the Coal Residuals Reuse and Management Act (HR 2273), creates Federally-enforceable standards that can be implemented quickly and flexibly by the states.
“We support this bipartisan legislation because it would establish a sensible program to regulate coal ash and ensure the environment is protected without unnecessary increases in energy costs or putting American jobs in jeopardy,” said Steve Miller, President and CEO of ACCCE.
Coal ash is a byproduct of using coal to generate electricity, and is frequently recycled beneficially into a variety of applications such as additives in concrete, cement, wallboard, and roofing materials. It is also used to produce road base and fill materials, and in snow and ice control.
According to Miller, “This legislation represents the kind of balanced federal-state partnership that is needed for environmental protection. On the other hand, EPA is considering regulations for coal-fueled power plants that will raise energy prices, hurt families, and destroy American jobs.” A recent analysis by National Economic Research Associates (NERA) found that four of EPA’s regulations would cause double-digit electricity price increases in many regions of the country, raise other energy prices, and destroy over 180,000 American jobs annually. ACCCE continues to urge EPA to develop sensible regulations that protect the economy and jobs, as well as the environment.