The coal-based electricity industry has invested significantly in reducing the emissions from coal-fueled power plants. And these investments have yielded great results: Emissions have been reduced almost 90 percent since in the last few decades.
This electricity generated from coal is what keeps costs low for families and small businesses, fueling the innovation and industry that is America’s great strength. But bureaucrats in Washington would rather ignore these investments and impose regulations that will effectively end coal-fueled electricity in the United States.
Coal will be the most dominant source of energy in the world in less than five years. The United States is unilaterally moving to stop itself from using the most abundant, affordable fuel that we have. Is this the path forward? Our fragile economy demands that we do everything in our power to unleash growth. That means continuing to utilize the power that coal reliably and affordably delivers. Learn more by watching our informative videos.
If you’ve ever spent time using our State Map, you can see that coal usage varies from state to state. However, one thing doesn’t vary: coal’s abundance is almost unrivaled in this country and around the world.
In fact, the International Energy Administration predicts that coal will be the world’s top energy source within the next five years. Coal’s dominance relies on its abundance, but also on its reliable reputation. Coal-fueled energy is also affordable, keeping costs low for families and small businesses.
Families already spend a fair portion of their income on energy – a study commissioned by ACCCE found that families will spend 21 percent of their pre-tax income on energy costs in 2012. That is a steep price to pay – especially when other essentials need to provided for. And families on fixed-incomes are hit even harder. Coal-fueled electricity is essential to keeping these costs down.
Use our State Map to learn about energy in your state. And remember – coal offers fuel savings for your family, and the small businesses that strive to keep costs as low as possible.
Coal provides affordable electricity for millions of Americans across the country – fueling our daily lives and providing the economic foundation for future generations.
Here at home, institutions like the University of Kentucky offer programs that educate students on the cutting edge, high-tech future of coal technologies. These programs underscore how modern and vital the coal industry is, preparing students for highly sought-after careers.
Students know their education will be rewarded by working to provide affordable energy for families and communities. As the video above mentions, the Kentucky coal industry paid workers more than $1.4 billion in wages in 2009.
The coal industry provides much more than just affordable electricity, it provides jobs for hard working Americans across the country.
The industry alone provides over half a million American jobs, and one in every five rail jobs depend on coal. Families, communities and the nation’s economy depend on the reliability and affordability of coal’s steady, low costs during our country’s economic recovery.
Since coal is the prime source for our nation’s electricity, it’s time to embrace coal as the essential resource that keeps our economy functioning. Families and small businesses cannot afford to see their bills increase or livelihood vanish.
As Americans, we are fortunate to have unique access to one of the most reliable and efficient forms of energy generation – coal. Across the country, in 48 states to be exact, coal is used to keep our homes warm, our lights on and our power running.
As a form of energy generation, there is no denying that coal is one of the most reliable options we have. In fact, in 2011, coal was responsible for 42 percent of the overall power generation of our energy portfolio – surpassing the power generated by natural gas and nuclear energy combined.
With so much coal located within our borders – 272 billion tons – this reliable form of energy is here to stay for years to come.
With 2012 winding down, we’re revisiting some of the hardworking Americans we spoke with throughout the year about the importance of affordable electricity.
Glen Lyn, Virginia: a post office and a power plant. Due to EPA regulations the life blood of this community will be closing in 2015. In a town reliant on jobs from the coal-based electricity industry, job cuts will devastate the community.
Local Pastor Shahn Wilburn fears the negative impacts this will have on the town. “You’ll have displaced families. It takes the hope away from children,” he says.
Glen Lyn’s town manager, J. Howard Spencer, talks about how the EPA will simply waste 200 to 300 years worth of coal in Glen Lyn. Not only will the coal in Glen Lyn help keep energy costs low but it will protect American jobs, which is crucial in this economy.
Coal is vital to communities like Glen Lyn and many others around the country. As Pastor Wilburn says, “This might be an idea that looks good on paper but when it translates down to people and lives it has an adverse effect.”
It’s no secret – the EPA’s poorly conceived regulations against coal-fueled energy will cause the cost of living to go up and take away hundreds of thousands of Americans jobs. A recent report by the National Association of Manufacturers found that just three regulations to be enforced by the EPA, including the Utility MACT rule, will cost the industry $1.5billion each year.
When the EPA stifles the coal industry, American families suffer. Does the EPA not realize that by enforcing these rules they are in fact hurting the economy?
It’s time to end this tireless war on the coal-based electricity industry. The EPA must stop picking winners and losers. It is time to end this tireless war on the coal industry.
On December 18, the EPA will be holding a public hearing on Utility MACT—also known as the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards.
Here’s why Utility MACT is detrimental to both the U.S. economy and energy production.
Utility MACT is expensive: This is the most expensive rule ever imposed on the coal-based electricity industry. By the EPA’s own analysis, Utility MACT will cost $11.4 billion in 2015—making it more expensive than the Acid Rain Program from 1990, which cost $3.75 billion in 2010, and the 2005 Clean Air Interstate Rule, with a cost of $4.6 billion in 2015.
Utility MACT ignores current investment: The coal-based electricity industry has invested significantly to reduce emissions over the last several decades—spending more than $100 billion to dramatically reduce emissions, and will invest $125 billion through 2015 to reduce them even further. As a result of this investment, the industry has been able to reduce emissions of three major air pollutants (sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides and particulate matter) by 84 percent per unit of electricity generated.
Utility MACT will cut jobs: Along with several other EPA regulations, Utility MACT will be responsible for employment losses totaling 1.5 million jobs over just the next four years, with a quarter million of those job losses occurring in the Midwest. Employment losses will continue beyond that timeframe, averaging 544,000 to 887,000 jobs annually.
It’s time to reign in the EPA and tell bureaucrats to rethink their poorly designed regulations.
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