Sept. 17, 2012, Fairfax, VA—Americans for Limited Government President Bill Wilson expressed the need today to pass current legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives that throws a wrench in this administration's war on coal.
The Stop the War on Coal Act (H.R. 3409) includes various provisions prohibiting the EPA and the Obama administration from continuing its war on coal. Bipartisan support of the Energy Tax Prevention Act, the Transparency in Regulatory Analysis of Impacts on the Nation (TRAIN) Act, and the Coal Residuals Reuse and Management Act will save countless jobs and keep energy prices down for American families and businesses.
"Just looking at the EPA's mercury emission regulations alone—which require power plants to be retrofitted with new technologies—costs billions of dollars to implement," says Bill Wilson, president of ALG. "However due to the prohibitively high cost of this new technology, many older coal-fired plants are being shut down, ending countless Americans jobs for those who depend on coal for their livelihoods.
"Taking into account the great loss of Americans jobs as well as the source of nearly 50 percent of the country's electric energy, the costs of cutting coal production far outweigh any alleged benefits," Wilson continues.
"If our hope is to bring America out of this recession in one piece then affordable energy is a must. The House must pass this legislation and begin the arduous task of reining in the out-of-control EPA."
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