Energy jobs and affordable electricity in America are critical to a stable economy and bright energy future. Sadly, however, the administration has set its sights on the coal-based electricity industry and if successful in its quest to power down America, businesses, energy employees and consumers across the nation will pay the price through lost wages, lost jobs and higher energy bills.
On October 29th, 2013 we will be standing up for American energy jobs and affordable electricity at the U.S. Capitol and hope you will also make a stand.
Join ACCCE, Members of Congress and energy and manufacturing workers from across the country for a rally on the West side of the U.S. Capitol from 11:00am to 1:30pm. This is your opportunity to make your voice heard!
Devastating regulations have been proposed by the federal government and your opinion matters. Tell the administration that the hard working people of the United States will not tolerate having their jobs and way of life put at risk.
Don’t forget to put October 29th on your calendar and make plans to be in D.C. to join your fellow energy workers. If you can’t make it in person, please ACT NOW by telling the EPA that government overreach is hurting American jobs, affordable electricity and the American economy.
See you soon!
Dale Earnhardt, Jr., America’s most popular NASCAR driver, recently toured CONSOL Energy’s Enlow Fork mine which is a part of the Bailey Mine Complex, the largest underground mine in the world and one of the most advanced and safest mines ever built. The complex produces nearly 20 million tons of coal each year.
Dale Jr. saw up close how CONSOL is using cutting edge technology on the front end of the process to produce clean coal electricity. The Pennsylvania mine is a vital asset to America’s energy future as it provides the first step towards delivering affordable electricity to businesses and families.
As ACCCE President and CEO Mike Duncan stated, this CONSOL Energy mine “is a true marvel of modern engineering” and shows how the coal-based electricity industry has pioneered “innovations in the realm of safety and beyond.”
After visiting the mine, Dale Jr. said, “Coal is an essential fuel for electricity production and coal keeps electricity prices down. America’s families and businesses rely heavily on affordable and reliable coal–from manufacturing to motorsports and everything in between.”
While at the mine, the 19-time NASCAR winner spent time talking with CONSOL employees and guests, signing autographs and taking pictures.
Jimmy Brock, CONSOL Energy’s Chief Operating Officer of Coal Operations, said “Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his team are one of the elite groups in racing and we are honored to host them. NASCAR is a great way for our industry to reach out to American families about the important role coal plays in delivering affordable power for the American economy. Many of our miners are NASCAR fans and it was a special day to host Dale Earnhardt Jr. We are excited to have him here today to learn about how coal keeps electricity affordable, reliable and increasingly clean.”
Stand with Dale Jr. and millions of Americans. Go to EPARegsCostJobs.com today and tell the EPA that clean coal technology means affordable energy and American jobs.
Why would somebody celebrate job losses and praise the destruction of a local American community?
The Sierra Club is publicly celebrating the “victory” of the 150th coal plant retirement attributed to their own efforts. It is akin to partying at the funeral of families and communities whose livelihoods have been devastated by these plant closures.
When a coal plant shuts down, the impact is felt by employees at the plant and the mines that supply it; and spreads across the community, the state, and even the nation in the form of lost jobs and higher electricity rates for businesses and families.
If Sierra Club had its way, America’s energy future would be dark. They want to permanently phase out coal from our nation’s energy portfolio by 2030. This would be devastating to our economy and our energy infrastructure as coal provides 40% of America’s electricity.
This is not a “victory” and shame on Sierra Club for claiming it so. This is a loss for the thousands of coal communities that continue to reel from plant and mine shutdowns.
The diminished use of clean coal would result in dangerous overreliance on intermittent and unreliable energy sources, and it would cripple America’s energy portfolio.
Stand with coal communities and stand up against the EPA’s cronies at Sierra Club. Go to EPARegsCostJobs.com today and let the EPA know that clean coal technology means affordable energy and American jobs.
On September 20, 2013, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced the proposed Carbon Pollution Standards for New Power Plants.
These unrealistic regulations will essentially put a de facto ban on the development of future clean coal plants by requiring technology that’s not fully developed or commercially viable.
The American coal-based electricity industry is vital to the economy, both nationally and locally. Electricity generated by coal is not only reliable and affordable but, importantly, is also a critical component in our quest for energy security. These new proposed standards would be devastating to the industry and our businesses and families that rely on coal to power America.
The proposed regulations also jeopardize the well-being of America’s energy workers and, if put in place, will result in higher energy bills for consumers across the board. EPA is willing to risk all of this, even though their actions will have no meaningful impact on reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
It is important for you to get involved and to stand up for the coal-based electricity industry and America’s energy future.
We have created an easy tool for you to send a comment onto the official proposed EPA regulation and encourage you to take action without delay.
It is a simple, effective way to get involved and to tell the EPA not to cripple the development and innovation of clean coal technology. We must ensure that coal remains a vital part of our energy portfolio.
We need to spread the word about the strides the industry is making in cutting-edge technology to produce cleaner electricity from coal. Further, we must not cede our global leadership in clean coal technology development to countries like China.
We should be encouraging innovation and growth and future economic prosperity, not squashing it with burdensome regulations.
Stand up for coal and send a comment to the new proposed EPA regulations.
I was fortunate last week to join the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity (ACCCE) and begin working with our talented team to help fight for jobs and protect American energy consumers.
Right now is a critical time for our industry and for our country. We need to work with officials in the energy industry and members of both political parties, on the federal level and in the states to protect the jobs in our coal communities and develop an energy agenda that recognizes coal as a critical part of our energy mix.
Our goal is to call for a balanced approach to our energy policies on the national level and in the states. With potential new regulations from the administration looming, we’re working to ensure that these policies are sensible and not devastating to American workers, consumers and the future of our economy.
If the administration gets their new policies wrong, they could have a lasting and negative impact not just on workers and consumers but also on the great strides the industry has taken to reduce its environmental footprint.
Our industry has built some of the cleanest coal-fueled plants in the world and through our continued investments in new technologies, we’re working every day to produce cleaner, more efficient energy. Because of this innovation and more than $110 billion in industry investments, new coal plants built today can remove more than 90% of emissions.
The coal-based electricity industry supports more than 760,000 jobs and I’m proud to be part of a team fighting to protect those jobs and the people and families who rely on them to make ends meet.
You can be a part of our team too, sign our new petition and stand with us to protect coal jobs.
Posted by America's Power at 9:42 am, September 05, 2013
What do Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Fulton, Arkansas have in common?
They both understand the importance of clean coal technology and rely on it every day. That is why Dale Jr. visited the John W. Turk Plant, where two-thirds of the employees are local residents. The Turk Plant is the first plant to use ultra-supercritical technology in the United States and is the cleanest coal-fueled power plant in the country.
The Turk Plant is an excellent example of how coal can help a community thrive economically and reduce its emissions.
Dale Jr. got a first-hand look into the daily operations of the plant where he saw them use technology to make their plant better, just like he uses technology to make his racing team perform better.
As a business owner and an energy consumer, Dale Jr. recognizes the importance of affordable and reliable energy from clean coal.
Learn more about Dale’s visit to the Turk plant, and check out our videos from his trip here.
Posted by America's Power at 11:16 am, August 02, 2013
Earlier this week, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy asked that everyone stop talking about how potential regulations cost hard working Americans their jobs. We think it’s important to talk about the impacts of the potential EPA regulations and leaders on both sides of the political divide agree.
Today at 12:30 PM ET, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy is hosting her first Twitter Chat. We’ll be asking her some questions and we think you should too. To ask a question, sign into twitter and tweet your questions to @GinaEPA using the hashtag #AskGinaEPA. If you’re not on Twitter, you can still participate by going to http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2013/08/askginaepa-about-climate-change/ and leaving your questions in the comments section.
Posted by America's Power at 1:38 pm, August 01, 2013
Two Governors from opposite sides of the country and from opposite sides of the aisle are both standing up for our coal communities.
This morning, Governor Earl Ray Tomblin, a Democrat from West Virginia lead a delegation to meet with EPA administrator Gina McCarthy to talk about coal and how important it is to life in W.V.
Yesterday, Governor Matt Mead, a Republican from Wyoming wrote an article titled “Coal is part of our future” laying out exactly how coal has helped the people of his state and been a by being a driving force for growth and progress across the U.S.
Finding ways to use our most abundant domestic energy resource isn’t a partisan issue. Leaders on both sides of the political divide know that coal is going to continue to be the dominant source of energy in the United States, and leaders on both sides want to find ways to make our coal-fueled plants cleaner and more efficient.
We’re encouraged that Governors Tomblin and Mead are taking a stand for our coal communities and helping to show that coal will continue to be a part of our future.