Skip to comments.GOP lawmakers pressure EPA to include coal-powered states on tour
Posted on 10/11/2013 9:54:27 AM PDT by jazusamo
Coal supporters are rallying behind Rep. Shelley Moore Capito's (R-W.Va.) call for the Environmental Protection Agency to include coal-producing states on its listening tour.
The agency announced Thursday that the first two stops in its 11-meeting listening tour, meant to gather input on carbon emissions limits for power plants, would be postponed due to the government shutdown.
Earlier this week, the agency said it would not stop in heavy coal-producing states.
House Republicans pushed back, saying the tour conveniently avoids the states where the proposed carbon emissions rule, a key part of President Obama's climate change agenda, would spike electricity costs the most.
Moore Capito introduced a resolution on Tuesday calling for the EPA to include the 15 biggest coal-producing states in its tour. Her resolution quickly garnered 17 co-sponsors.
"Given the profound implications these regulations could have for American families, businesses and our nations energy future, coal communities must have a seat at the table as EPA considers the path forward for the existing power fleet," the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity (ACCCE) said in a Friday statement applauding the resolution.
"Thankfully, Rep. Shelley Moore Capito continues to advocate for those who stand to lose the most but whose voices are being excluded from this important national conversation.
Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) reached out to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy on Thursday, requesting the EPA stop in his home state of Kentucky.
I request the EPA host an additional listening session in Pikeville, Kentucky, which is located in the heart of coal country," the Senate minority leader wrote in a letter to the EPA. "Pikeville is certainly much more representative of those who work in the coal industry than San Francisco."
McConnell is among 20 other lawmakers who have decided to make the administration's "war on coal" a top issue for the 2014 campaign cycle.
The EPA listening tour will stop in San Francisco, Boston, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Denver, Dallas, Seattle, Chicago, New York City, Washington, D.C., and Lenexa, Kan.
Would you just look at the lib, tree hugging cities on their tour, it's clear 0bama and McCarthy are not interested in hearing from the states this is going to really hurt.
They are not interested in hearing ANYTHING from ANYBODY who does not worship owebama.
This is extremely inconvenient for those who would like to take power by restricting access to inexpensive sources of energy.
Clearly you are not liberal. (Sarcasm)
These liberals think that fossil fuels are evil. Don’t confuse them with facts about how much in coal reserves we have. Liberals are into solar and wind, at least in places where windmills don’t ruin the view from a liberal’s property.
Liberals are against nuclear, even though nuclear doesn’t produce any dreaded greenhouse gases. Never understood why liberals are that way on nuclear.
Yep, libs want the taxpayers to subsidize wind and solar power to the tune of billions a year so rate payers bills will “only” double or triple.
I believe wind and solar provide somewhere between 1% and 2% currently so there’s trillions more to be spent. It doesn’t take a genius to realize it ain’t gonna work.
Dunno that Atlanta is such a “tree-hugging” city. After all, it keeping Florida from getting the water it needs from the Chattahoochee, and Lake Lanier.
Some global warming alarmists blame the nearly 20 year pause in surface temperature increase on particulate (soot) from these new plants. The actual pollution problem with these plants has nothing to do with CO2 and very little to do with the soot. The more worrisome problems are from sulphur dioxide and nitrogen oxides which are largely eliminated from our heavily regulated power plants.
I thought the EPA was shut down.
I did read that about 90% of the employees are furloughed but Gina McCarthy is still there, she should have been the first to go.