As talks continue about who the next EPA administrator might be, an editorial in The Oklahoman suggests our energy policy going forward must take into consideration that electricity production needs to be reliant on more than just one fuel source.
The editorial points out:
“Over time, gas prices will rise; increased demand (to make power and to fuel vehicles) will translate into higher severance tax revenues. At the same time, consumers could find that moving away from coal means sharply higher electricity rates.”
The editorial goes on to say, “As much as we encourage new markets for Oklahoma-produced gas, we believe that power generation should not be over-reliant on one source of fuel and coal should not be left in the ground.”
The next head of the EPA needs to analyze and understand the full, cumulative economic impacts of its regulations, and not choose sides when it comes to energy production. American jobs are at stake, as well as access to affordable, reliable electricity that is essential to our economic recovery.
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