That’s what Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) said after the EPA issued new rules regulating greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fueled power plants. Manchin points out that this and other new EPA regulations essentially force utilities to fuel switch, which only harms our economy:
This approach relies totally on cheap natural gas and we’ve seen that bubble burst before. It might sound good now, but what happens if those prices go up? Your average hardworking families and manufacturers will be left holding the bag of uncertainty – either in the prices they pay or in the reliability of our electrical system … This is what happens when this country doesn’t have a true all-of-the-above energy approach. Instead of trying to completely eliminate coal in the long-term, the EPA should be trying to work with industry.
The last thing we need at this critical stage of economic recovery is to have President Obama pushing more regulations that drive up costs and threaten even more jobs … Our energy focus should be on dealing with our strategic oil vulnerability that contributes to high gasoline prices and weakens our national security … the emissions regulations that the Obama Administration is implementing and other regulations it is considering, will affect every corner of our economy, from big utilities to family farmers, and every Hoosier rate payer.
[W]e believe that the proposal is short-sighted and marks a real departure from the Administration’s goal of an ‘all of the above’ energy strategy. The rule would effectively ban the future of almost half of our current electric portfolio … The GHG rule must be placed in the context of many other rules – such as the air toxics rule, the visibility rule, and the interstate rule – that have the effect of increasing the price of energy for consumers by double digits in some areas, and have the effect of making industry less competitive and destroying jobs as each plant closes.
Watch this video to learn more about how new EPA regulations will affect towns across America.
Last week, we wrote about the impact new EPA regulations like Utility MACT could have on Avon Lake, Ohio. It’s a small town in the state, but the closing of a generating facility there could potentially cost the community $4 million each year—an 11 percent reduction in the town’s education budget.
Due to shuttering facilities, severe budget cuts are something that communities across the country may soon have to face.
Meanwhile, as the EPA proposes new regulations that could cause coal-fueled plants into early retirement, President Obama continues to tout an “all-of-the-above” energy policy. These regulations threaten the stable, affordable power provided by coal-fueled plants, as well as the jobs of hard working Americans.
See President Obama’s energy ideas contrasted with the reality of towns like Avon Lake in the short video below.
EPA regulations have already caused the announced closure of more than 140 electricity generating units, and the jobs that go with them. Retweet this to your friends:
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ACCCE Responds to EPA’s New Source Performance Standards
WASHINGTON – The following statement was released today by the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity President and CEO Steve Miller in response to the EPA’s proposed New Source Performance Standards for greenhouse gas emissions:
“Unfortunately, the EPA continues to ignore the real impact their rules will have on American families and businesses by driving up energy prices and destroying jobs.
“This is another, in a series of new regulations, written by EPA to prevent the U.S. from taking advantage of our vast coal resources that are responsible for providing affordable electricity for America’s families and businesses. This latest rule will make it impossible to build any new coal-fueled power plants, and could cause the premature closure of many more coal-fueled power plants operating today.
“So far, other EPA regulations are responsible for the announced closure of more than 140 electricity generating units in 19 states. The regulation EPA proposed today could raise the number of closures even higher and put more workers out of jobs.
“Rarely is there bipartisan agreement in Washington, D.C., but there is on this issue. This was evident when a bipartisan majority of U.S. House of Representatives recently wrote to President Obama’s Office of Management and Budget urging them to stop this economically-damaging rule.”
Last month, 221 Democrat and Republican Members of the U.S. House of Representatives signed a letter to the White House Office of Management and Budget explaining that new GHG standards for coal-fueled power plants would force a transition to undeveloped technologies and send thousands of U.S. jobs overseas. To see the full letter, please click here.
Evan Tracey Senior Vice President for Communications
Evan is Senior Vice President for Communications, overseeing the strategy on how to communicate the importance of electricity from coal and the value of investments in clean coal technology. Tracey has served as president of Campaign Media Analysis Group, a Kantar Media company, since he founded the company in 1997. He has two decades of political, legislative and issue research experience and has provided strategic media analysis for a number of trade associations, foundations, Fortune 500 companies, political party committees, the national press, academic institutions, as well as hundreds of national, statewide and local political campaigns. He received a M.A. from George Mason University and a B.A. from West Virginia Wesleyan College. Tracey lives with his wife and 3 children in Virginia.
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Lisa Camooso Miller Vice President
Lisa Camooso Miller is ACCCE's vice president for media relations. She oversees ACCCE's earned media implementation and strategic planning and appears regularly in print, radio and on national television. For more than 15 years, Lisa has been a notable communications leader in public affairs, holding key positions in local, state and federal government, political campaigns and committees, as well as advocacy organizations. She is a native of Wayside, New Jersey, and holds an M.A. in corporate and public communications from Monmouth University, and a B.A. in communications from The College of New Jersey. Lisa and her husband Jason have two children and live in Northern Virginia.
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Bianca Prade Vice President
Bianca Prade is ACCCE's vice president of digital strategy, and leads new and traditional media strategies to increase the public’s awareness of the importance of coal-based electricity. She has more than a decade of communications and marketing experience, launching and maintaining interactive Web content for major corporations, trade associations and government agencies. Bianca lives with her husband and two children in Northern Virginia. She graduated with a B.A. in English from the University of Maryland at College Park and an M.A. in interactive communications from American University.
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Steve Gates Director
Steve Gates, as ACCCE’s national communications director, helps direct the industry’s national media campaigns and digital communications efforts. He has more than 15 years of media relations experience in a variety of settings including Capitol Hill press secretary, as well as directing media and outreach programs for international trade associations, the Fortune 200 and federal government programs. Steve lives with his wife, a coal miner’s daughter, and three children in Omaha, Nebraska. Steve graduated with a B.S. in political science from Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, and an M.A. in public communications from American University in Washington, D.C.
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