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Friday, September 20, 2013

Thompson: Environmental Protection Agency’s New Coal Regulation Will Harm Economy, Raise Utility Rates and Hurt Consumers

Thompson: Environmental Protection Agency’s New Coal Regulation Will Harm Economy, Raise Utility Rates and Hurt Consumers

Calls for legislative action to prevent EPA’s regulatory overreach


Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson, R-Howard, today issued the following statement criticizing the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) decision to prevent construction of new coal-fired power plants, the result of the agency’s New Source Performance Standard (NSPS) rule:

“Today’s announcement by the EPA represents a direct attack on the American consumer, affordable electricity, and the economic security of Pennsylvanians. Developing our abundant coal resources while safeguarding the environment and the nation’s economic health is the only path we can take to obtain energy security. Unfortunately, the President’s plan to eliminate coal as a source of energy in this country, through mandates that are impossible to meet, moves us in the opposition direction.

“This action is a blatant attempt by the Obama Administration to bankrupt the coal industry, which provides almost 44% of power generation in the commonwealth, and will lead to higher utility rates for Pennsylvanians and impose harm upon local economies across the country. This is a gross regulatory overreach that will have devastating consequences, and I will be working in the House to prevent implementation of this harmful regulation.”

In 2008, then-candidate Barack Obama, in forecasting his administration’s policy on coal, stated the following: “So if somebody wants to build a coal-powered plant, they can. It’s just that it will bankrupt them.”

After previous legislative proposals were rejected by the Democratic-led Senate, the President in June of 2013 announced his plans to unilaterally impose new energy regulations, including far-reaching mandates on coal-fired power plants, as announced today by EPA.

8 comments :

Anonymous said...

Gas is killing coal, not regulations.

Not that Glenn would know. All this guy can do is stand in front of a camera and sign his name to other people's writings.

He has the most secure job in the land. Old Republican representative. Must be nice.

Anonymous said...

The problem is there is no way to develop coal and use it in a way that's safe for the environment. Just ask the American Heart Association and the American Lung Association. That's just a talking point and a lie. Gotta love the way these politicians are so quick to jump on the PR bandwagon. So very predictable and disappointing. BIG COAL's political contributions are enormous, and coal mining areas are some of the most impoverished in the country. Just check out the average life expectancy for Appalachia residents. Can't we do better than this Jumbo pancake vacuum as our representative in Washington? His b.s. is getting tiresome.

Anonymous said...

jumbo pancake vacuum, right on !!

Anonymous said...

Blame the coal on all the health issues. Thats an environmentalists cry. News today said that carbon emissions from coal is .2 of 1% of the worlds total emissions. We need coal! Next we'll hear is that cows fart to much.

Anonymous said...

YOU All think you know it ALL but these people would rather have jobs than NOT ..ANYTHING now a days is hazardous Just breathing the AIR that your gov.is Spraying in the chem trails is deadly...do not even think about the food supply and the perscription MEDS. Water with chemical waste from China FLUORIDE...YOU are know it ALLs that DO NOT Know $hit !!! Go drink more koolaide...

Anonymous said...

824 needs to see a medical professional.

824 is clinically insane.

I'm willing to bet 824 votes at ever opportunity.

I'll let you go ahead and take a guess at which party 824 votes for.... without fail.. every. single. time.

Anonymous said...

Apparently Larry, Moe and Shemp were not available for the photograph.

Anonymous said...

More than 11,000 coal mining fatalities since 1900. We seem willing to sacrifice an awful lot for cheap power. Representative flapjack here is nothing more than a mouthpiece for industry. Check out his campaign contributors here, including "Coalpac":
http://query.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/can_give/H8PA05071