Senator Manchin speaks to House Subcommittee on Energy & Power

A few weeks ago, Senator Manchin (D-WV) appeared before the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Subcommittee on Energy and Power to speak about bipartisan draft legislation that he has prepared with Congressman Ed Whitfield (R-KY). The Manchin-Whitfield legislation,

addresses the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed greenhouse gas emission standards for coal-fired power plants, would protect Americans’ access to reliable and affordable electricity by ensuring that regulatory standards are based on technology that is proven and commercially available for use.

Here is the video of Senator Manchin’s November 14th testimony before the House Committee.

It’s worth it for members of the coal industry to begin publicly sharing these types of bipartisan efforts to support our industry and to demand that the EPA begin to regulate in a reasonable and rational manner*. The more that elected officials and regulators see there is broad support for the use of coal as a necessary part of our energy supply, the more they will be forced to reconsider the misinformation coming from the EPA and radical environmental groups.

(*As Senator Manchin notes in his testimony, the EPA is requiring the use of technology that has not been proven at a commercial level and is not readily available for utilities. This type of requirement is neither reasonable nor rational. How are utilities going to use technologies on their coal-fueled plants that are not yet available? One is tempted to think that the long-term goal is not to ensure the environment is clean, but to make it economically and legally impossible to use coal.)

03. December 2013 by Jason Hayes
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