Governors throughout the country marked the beginning of their terms last week by speaking out against the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed carbon regulations. In State of the State addresses from Indiana to Wyoming, governors promised to stand up for affordable, reliable electricity from coal.
Read a few that caught our eye—and left us encouraged that state leaders will fight to protect their constituents from the skyrocketing energy costs and weakened electric reliability that would result from EPA’s regulations.
Governor Matt Mead (R-WY): “Coal is critical to Wyoming, and we must assure its future. Beyond that, coal is critical to this country’s future. And in my lifetime, I’ve never seen an onslaught against a single industry, a single commodity, like the Obama administration’s anti-coal agenda. The EPA has had a green light to go after the coal industry, and six years later coal is still targeted by federal regulators.”
Governor Mike Pence (R-IN): “Because low-cost energy is vital to our economy, we need an all-of-the-above energy strategy, including energy efficiency. But know this, Indiana is a pro-coal state, and we must continue to oppose the overreaching schemes of the EPA…”
Governor Earl Ray Tomblin (D-WV): “I know times are tough, but let me be clear, I will never stop fighting against federal regulations that harm our state’s energy industry and devastate our miners, their families and our communities. Last month, we filed comments related to the EPA’s carbon pollution emission guidelines and urged the EPA to reconsider its proposed plan. Federal bureaucrats must understand the impact these new rules will have on families and communities here and across the country. We must work together to develop reasonable, achievable goals that balance the environmental protection we all support with the economic growth we must maintain.”
Governor Scott Walker (R-WI): “I am working with our new Attorney General to prepare a lawsuit challenging the newly proposed federal energy regulations. These proposals could have a devastating impact on Wisconsin because we are so heavily dependent on manufacturing. According to recent reports, we could lose tens of thousands of jobs in our region, and ratepayers could see an increase of up to 29 percent. We will fight to protect Wisconsin’s hard-working families. Instead of fighting with states like Wisconsin, the federal government should work with us to find reasonable alternatives. We can be both environmentally and economically sustainable.”
As more governors deliver their State of the State addresses in the coming weeks, we expect the chorus of opposition to EPA’s plan to grow even louder. In the meantime, visit KeepAmericasPowerOn.org to learn more about how coal-based power keeps energy costs low and the lights on across the country.