The ACCCE Mobile Classroom is continuing on the road this summer. After a quick stop in Illinois, we’re in Missouri this week to visit with the residents of the Show Me State. Missouri is powered by coal, receiving 82 percent of its electricity from one of America’s most abundant natural resources.
If you’re visiting the Missouri State Fair, be sure to stop by and check out our Mobile Classroom. Loaded with fun interactive materials and touch screen educational displays, you’ll be sure to learn more about the important role that coal plays in the United States. And of course there’ll be free America’s Power hats and shirts! If you can’t make it to the fair, be sure keep up with us on Facebook.
States that heavily rely on coal, like Missouri, have significantly lower electricity bills—helping both small business and families. With stable, reliable electricity from coal, Missourians can count on more consistent electricity prices to help balance their small business or family budgets. Find out more about Missouri’s energy mix from our State Energy Map.
Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster visited the Mobile Classroom.
Energy independence is a crucial topic this election, and it is also an extremely important issue for families and small businesses in Virginia. In general, states that rely on coal have lower electric rates. Today, nearly 42 percent of households in Virginia spend about 25 percent of their after-tax income on energy. Higher rates are something that Virginians cannot afford.
New EPA regulations are threatening this homegrown energy resource, which could potentially lead to rate increases and threatened reliability. Earlier this year, Vice President Biden said this country “desperately” needed coal—but these EPA regulations are making it more difficult to use this natural resource.
It is time for the EPA to slow down, and allow America to use its resources more efficiently—making energy more affordable for families who need it most.
Coal is the one of the most abundant energy resources in America today, and we must make sure that it remains a part of the energy conversation.
As campaigns continue across the country, be sure to tell candidates, friends and family: coal is an essential, homegrown energy resource.
Across the country, millions of hard-working Americans rely on coal-based electricity to keep the lights on. In small towns and big cities, we know that coal helps provide the energy to keep your communities running.
And soon, we’ll be visiting those communities.
ACCCE’s Mobile Classroom is back, and this time, the revamped classroom is full of new materials and information about the importance of coal across the country. The first stop for the classroom this round will be at Ohio’s State Fair.
In a state where nearly 80 percent of the electricity comes from coal, residents depend on the affordable energy from coal. Ohio families spend an estimated 13 percent of their incomes on energy, so low, stable electricity prices matter to those living in the Buckeye State.
And if you happen to go to the Ohio State Fair, be sure to swing by the Mobile Classroom and say hi. We’ve got a lot of great information to share.
You may be following our partnership with JR Motorsports over on Facebook. Today, we’re proud to feature a guest post from JRM’s own Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
By Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
Sitting in the driver’s seat of the No. 88 car at a NASCAR race gives me a unique perspective on power. It’s pretty simple: My focus is to drive the car to victory, using all of my resources. The same thing goes for getting our economy back on track: We need to focus on using American resources to help us grow and remain the most competitive, innovative country on the planet.
That’s why I’m proud of our partnership with the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity (ACCCE). When it comes to powering the resilient small businesses and families around this country, coal can’t be beat. Many family-run small businesses across the country—just like JR Motorsports—depend on stable expenses from month to month. Until our partnership with America’s Power, I didn’t realize coal helps keep electricity prices consistent from month to month, something that helps us plan our future endeavors as a business.
Not only that, states that use more coal have lower electricity rates. We’re lucky that JR Motorsports is in North Carolina—a state that gets more than half its electricity from coal. We need to provide the most affordable electricity that we can to all Americans. That means using the two centuries worth of coal beneath us.
Now’s the time to focus on using all of our resources to bring our nation forward, so that we can drive our businesses and families to a more prosperous future. Coal is an American resource that can fuel our economy to do just that.
Tomorrow, the No. 88 Clean Coal Chevrolet will hit the Dover International Speedway for its first race. We’re excited to see driver Cole Whitt race a car showcasing something that so many Americans rely on everyday: coal.
Not only does coal provide affordable electricity for small business and families, with more than two centuries within our borders, it’s our country’s most abundant natural resource. That’s why it’s important for Americans to know that coal isn’t only supporting the No. 88 car tomorrow, it’s helping to support our recovering economy.
Look for Cole on the track tomorrow, and be sure to stop by Facebook for a special race day message from Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
Coal fuels a lot of things—like schools, hospitals, fire stations and data centers. And today, we’re excited to add the team of the No. 88 race car to that list.
America’s Power will be partnering with JR Motorsports for races and events throughout this summer. With drivers like Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Cole Whitt, we’re looking forward sharing information about the benefits of coal-based electricity with race fans and spectators.
So when you’re watching the races, whether it’s at home or the track, look for America’s Power on the No. 88 car. Get the details below and join us as we cheer on Dale Jr. and the team on Facebook.
With 2011 coming to a close, it’s time to look back to the many places and people we visited this year. Over the year, the America’s Power Tour really showed us how coal and the people who produce coal-based electricity keep America strong.
Along the way, we spoke to many small business owners and elected officials who understand the need for the reliable and affordable electricity that coal provides.
Lindenwood University, St. Charles, Missouri: At Lindenwood, we spoke to Senior Economic Fellow Kenneth Chilton about the economic impacts of proposed EPA regulations, and discussed the close relationship between the environment and energy.
Kirkwood Inn, Kirkwood, Missouri: In Kirkwood, we met Cynthia Brasseur, Best Western general manager. She told us about the impact that increased electricity rates would have on businesses in the Missouri tourism industry.
Orrville, Ohio: Home to Smucker’s, Orville is also home to its own coal-fueled plant. Mayor David Handwerk discussed the importance of stable electricity rates in the town.
America’s Power Tour recently took us to Peabody Energy in St. Louis, where we caught up with Morry Davis, the Director of Government Relations for Peabody Energy. Davis spoke with us about the impacts proposed EPA regulations would have on Missourians, and described the balance between the recovering economy and the environment.
With more than 80 percent of its electricity coming from coal, Missouri would be heavily impacted by proposed EPA regulations. If these regulations are enacted, Missouri could lose 76,000 jobs, and electricity rates could increase by 23.1 percent, according to a study from the National Economic Research Associates.
“Primarily people want to see job creation…they’re also concerned about the environment, but everything has to be in balance,” says Davis.
The EPA has not assessed the impact that all of these regulations would have on small businesses and families across the country. And those are exactly who will be impacted the most in Missouri – the families and small businesses.
“Economic recovery is a primary issue, but that shouldn’t come at the expense of environmental progress. There’s ways to do both, you just have to have well crafted policies,” says Davis. “[People are] asking elected officials as well as EPA and the current administration to take that into account when trying to put these rules into place.”
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