America’s Power Tour recently took us to Peabody Energy in St. Louis, where we caught up with Morry Davis, the Director of Government Relations for Peabody Energy. Davis spoke with us about the impacts proposed EPA regulations would have on Missourians, and described the balance between the recovering economy and the environment.
With more than 80 percent of its electricity coming from coal, Missouri would be heavily impacted by proposed EPA regulations. If these regulations are enacted, Missouri could lose 76,000 jobs, and electricity rates could increase by 23.1 percent, according to a study from the National Economic Research Associates.
“Primarily people want to see job creation…they’re also concerned about the environment, but everything has to be in balance,” says Davis.
The EPA has not assessed the impact that all of these regulations would have on small businesses and families across the country. And those are exactly who will be impacted the most in Missouri – the families and small businesses.
“Economic recovery is a primary issue, but that shouldn’t come at the expense of environmental progress. There’s ways to do both, you just have to have well crafted policies,” says Davis. “[People are] asking elected officials as well as EPA and the current administration to take that into account when trying to put these rules into place.”
If you’re concerned about regulations’ effect on Missouri, join Energy for Missouri Jobs.