Yesterday America’s Power sponsored RealClearPolitics’ “U.S. Energy Policy: The Road Ahead” which brought together some of the leading voices in American energy policy to guide a conversation about what 2014 means for the energy industry.
Though experts discussed all of America’s energy sources, when it comes to coal, a clear theme emerged. Experts agreed that proposed EPA regulations threaten to do lasting damage to our energy economy and the communities that rely on coal.
Keynote Speaker Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), who is sponsoring legislation to help rein in the EPA’s overreaching attempt to force unattainable standards on the coal industry, weighed in on the proposed regulations:
“They’re putting (in) targets that are unobtainable… To do what they’re doing is wrong.”
The expert panel also raised some criticism about the EPA’s recent actions.
Daniel Kish, senior vice president for policy at the Institute for Energy Research urged the opponents of energy to stop playing politics with things like energy in Washington and let things happen in the “real world.”
Ross Eisenberg, vice president for energy resources and policy at the National Association on Manufacturers, described the regulations as a means to an end, rather than an effort to serve EPA’s main function: protecting health and welfare.
William Yeatman, a senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, was more direct in his criticism saying in effect, the regulations are shutting down an industry with no gain.
Of all of the comments and criticism about the EPA’s recent efforts, ACCCE president and CEO Mike Duncan said it best, “If the administration isn’t going to change its approach to energy, it should at least be candid about the impacts.”
The administration’s approach to energy policy is going to hurt American families and businesses but you can help us fight back. Sign our letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy and tell this administration that you support coal
Also if you missed our event yesterday, a full video can be found at www.americaspower.org/events.