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Coal Keeps America Thriving

Yesterday, the EPA held public hearings on its proposed New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) for new coal and gas-fueled power plants.   EPA’s proposal sets an unattainable standard based on technology that hasn’t been proven on a full-scale power plant making it all but impossible to build any future, technologically advanced coal plants in the United States.

This isn’t the right path forward for American energy policy.

The right path forward includes all of our energy resources, especially our most affordable, reliable, domestic fuel source: coal.

The president says he supports an “all-of-the-above” approach to energy, but in reality his administration is pursuing an “all but one” energy agenda.

We know how important coal-based electricity is to millions of Americans.  Energy from coal helps keep our lights on, our homes warm and our electricity prices affordable.  That’s why yesterday, as the EPA held its hearing, we circled the nation’s capital with a message for the president:

We can’t change policy by ourselves, which is why we need your help.  We’ve launched a campaign to let the EPA know that they must protect American jobs and ensure we all have the affordable, reliable power we need to fuel our lives.

Sign our letter today and tell EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy that you deserve affordable, reliable power.


Businesses Need Affordable Energy

Yesterday it was announced that Big Rivers Electric Corp plans to idle two of their coal-fired power plants in Kentucky.

The news isn’t all bad though, as Marty Littrel, a spokesman for Big Rivers pointed out:

“This is a temporary thing. We have some of the lowest-cost power in the country and have made proposals to sell electricity to several other companies.”

Big Rivers produces power at some of the most affordable rates in the country. On average, its rate is 4.6 cents per kilowatt hour, well below the national industrial average of 6.8 cents per kilowatt hour.

Affordable energy is what coal provides, and it’s exactly what American businesses need. From large manufacturers to small business owners, affordable, reliable power from coal drives our economy.

What American businesses don’t need is an activist administration that is pursuing harmful regulations that will make it impossible to build future, clean coal-fueled power plants. Failure to ensure long-term, use of one of our most abundant fuel sources, will all but guarantee not only higher energy costs but also less reliable energy than what is currently provided by coal.

That’s why we need your help. We need you to tell this administration that you need the affordable power coal provides.

Sign our letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy

Why We’re All Counting on Coal

With temperatures dropping across the U.S., our families and friends are counting on reliable and affordable energy to keep them warm.

It’s no surprise that the demand for energy to heat homes is on the rise.

This week’s cold weather serves to remind us just how important it is to have reliable energy we can count on.

Other fuel sources are experiencing price spikes and strains in supplies in many areas, while the affordable electricity from coal, one of our most abundant domestic energy resources, is keeping the lights on.  Take a look at the below to see how coal stacks up against other fuel sources.



























This is what the Sierra Club is Celebrating

Job losses, economic uncertainty and higher energy costs for families and businesses are the real impacts of the plant closures that the Sierra Club continues to celebrate.

This week, Sierra Club officials touted their success in the planned closures of one-third of coal-fueled plants over the next 10 years.

The Sierra Club isn’t alone in their efforts. Recently proposed regulations from the EPA abandon the “all-of-the-above” energy approach our country needs, in favor of a politically motivated push to drive coal out of our energy mix.

The sad fact is Americans are paying the prices while they gleefully pat themselves on the back for destroying jobs, towns and communities throughout our great country.

One state bracing for the impact of these harmful impacts is Indiana.  More than 29,000 Hoosiers go to work each day at a job related to producing energy from coal and EPA’s proposed regulations are a direct threat to their way of life.

These aren’t just facts and figures or numbers without names. recently published a letter from Shad Montgomery, a Safety Director at Sunrise Coal who spoke at the EPA’s Chicago listening session.

Shad is part of a long tradition of coal miners: his grandfather and great-grandfather mined coal that helped to power Indiana.  He’s not just concerned about his fellow miners and their jobs, he’s worried about his mother and people like her across the country.

Shad’s mother is one of 190,000 people in Indiana who are 60 years and older living at-or-below the poverty line.   She suffers from Alzheimer’s disease and spends the beginning of each month figuring out how she will cover her expenses. People like Shad’s mother, 29 percent of them in fact, struggle with the same decision each month – do they buy food, pay for the medications or pay their electric bill so they can stay warm and keep the lights on.

We can’t allow groups like the Sierra Club to gamble with people’s lives and well-being. We have to find a sensible path forward that ensures people can keep their jobs and have reliable, affordable energy.

We invite you to speak out for miners like Shad Montgomery, and their families.  Sign our letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy and tell her that you support coal communities.

FACT: Cheaper than Natural Gas

As the holiday season approaches and ads for every product imaginable fill the airways, it got us thinking about the value of affordable energy.

This week’s Coal Fact underscores the value Americans get from affordable, reliable, coal fueled electricity.

In fact, the U.S. Energy Information Administration projects that over the course of the next 20 years, coal prices are predicted to be much lower than other fuels like natural gas. According to EIA, natural gas prices for electric power generation will increase dramatically by 74% over the next 20 years, while coal prices are projected to rise by just 26% over the same period.

















This is exactly why we need an “all of the above” approach to energy policy that includes coal, our most abundant and affordable domestic energy resource.

Stand with us and tell the EPA that American families and businesses count on affordable electricity to power their way of life.

It’s Not About Politics, It’s About People

When it comes to protecting American coal workers, our families and our communities, one thing is clear: it’s not about politics.

Earlier this week, a bipartisan group of 22 Members of the U.S. House of Representatives sent a letter to President Obama urging him not to put potential EPA regulations above the people they would impact the most.

“We ask that you stand with our constituents, our coal miners, and our coal communities by rejecting these proposed NSPS greenhouse gas regulations to reflect the true commercial realities of different fuel types and control technologies. Staying the present course will only prove disastrous: increasing unemployment, raising costs for American families and businesses and reducing our energy security.” 

It was also announced this week that a delegation from West Virginia will be sending 17 people, including Democratic state legislators and union and business leaders to Washington, D.C. to fight to protect our coal communities.

Larry Puccio, chairman of the West Virginia Democratic Party, said it perfectly: “This is not about politics. It’s about people in West Virginia. We want to support our people.”

This isn’t just about West Virginia, though. It’s about 760,000 American coal miners, construction workers, railroad operators, utility workers and their families. It’s about American families and businesses that rely on affordable and reliable electricity every day.

EPA’s Climate Plan Must Consider Impact on Workers and Consumers

In the wake of President Obama’s major climate plan speech last week, Americans everywhere have been wondering what the real cost of his energy agenda will be.

Virginia Attorney General and Gubernatorial Candidate Ken Cuccinelli hit the nail squarely on the head when he said:

“What it really is when it comes to the people, it’s a war on the poor.  That’s what it is.”

Cuccinelli continued: “The loss of opportunity and job creation affects the poorest parts of America and the poorest parts of Virginia the most.

Coinciding with Cuccinelli’s honest assessment of the Administration’s forthcoming policies was a study by from the Heritage Foundation describing the economic impact of the proposed plan.

According to Heritage the President’s plan could result in:

  • Employment falls by more than 500,000 jobs;
  • Manufacturing loses over 280,000 jobs;
  • A family of four’s annual income drops more than $1,000 per year, and its total income drops by $16,500 over the period of analysis;
  • Aggregate gross domestic product (GDP) decreases by $1.47 trillion;
  • Electricity prices rise by 20 percent;
  • Coal-mining jobs drop 43 percent; and
  • Natural gas prices rise 42 percent.

This isn’t just about numbers, regulations, or damaging policy agendas, it’s about real people.   Yesterday on Fox News Gov. Mike Huckabee spoke with two West Virginia coal industry workers about the impact the President’s plan would have on their jobs and their families.

The coal-fueled electricity industry has demonstrated its commitment to the environment by investing more than $100 billion, so far, to produce cleaner electricity, and the industry will invest another $100 billion to reduce its environmental footprint even further over the next 15 years. This is new plan is clearly about the putting politics over good policy, elevating the president’s environmental activist friends before American families and the economy.

Stand Up for Kentucky Miners and Kentucky Families

Today we want say “thank you” to U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield and Kentucky State Rep. Jim Gooch who are standing with Kentucky’s 14,000 plus coal miners.

In an op-ed published last Friday, Reps. Whitfield and Gooch shine a much-needed spotlight on a planned anti-coal protest in Louisville later this week.

The group planning the protest, who is supported by the Sierra Club, has one goal: to destroy the jobs and benefits Kentuckians enjoy thanks to the coal industry.

Coal-fueled plants generate 92 percent of Kentucky’s electricity. The protest group would see these plants shut down and energy prices skyrocket as a result of the drastic decrease in energy supply.

What’s more troubling than this protest group trying to influence Kentucky’s energy policy is that they stand in support of a rule that wasn’t created by elected officials with public input, but rather by the EPA who wouldn’t just hinder new plant creation, but could target existing plants if they get their way.

At a time when coal generated electricity production is increasing around the world, we need strong leaders like Reps. Whitfield and Gooch to stand against this plan to destroy Kentucky jobs and raise energy costs for Kentucky families.