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As if the MATs rule’s $10 billion+ annual price tag wasn’t enough, the US Chamber of Commerce has just released a study forecasting a further $50 billion per year in costs as a result of the EPA’s planned GHG rule for existing coal plants.
The (Intitute for 21st Century Energy)’s report concludes that the forthcoming regulations could diminish the nation’s coal-fired energy capabilities by a third, as plants unable to meet the new standards shutter. Coal currently represents roughly 40 percent of the country’s energy production, and is a major part of the employment picture in many states, including West Virginia, Kentucky, Wyoming and Pennsylvania.
This U.S. Chamber blog post notes that increasingly complex and expensive layers of regulation have gone well beyond the point of “establishing the rules of competition, ensuring a level playing field, governing participants behavior, and protecting consumers, public health and safety, private property, and environmental resources.”
Leaked Sierra Club documents reveal the “green” group’s plans for their massive multi-million dollar “Beyond Coal” campaign. The confidential document shows that the group planned to spend $150 million dollars just attacking coal jobs and forcing energy prices higher.
“…we will run a strategic national campaign that pushes and supports EPA to issue a series of new pollution-cutting rules relating to each step in the coal lifecycle, including coal mining, coal burning, and disposal of coal ash.”
Here’s a link to a new Heritage Foundation report on the impacts anti-coal EPA regs will have on American manufacturing capacity.
The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) forthcoming climate change regulations for new and existing electricity generating units have been appropriately labeled the “war on coal,” because the proposed limits for carbon dioxide emissions would essentially prohibit the construction of new coal-fired power plants and force existing ones into early retirement.
Congressman Andy Barr (R-KY) speaks on the floor of the House regarding lost Kentucky coal jobs.
“What bothers me about this is that there is a total disregard for the human cost to hard-working Americans, their families who have lost these paychecks, who have been laid off with no other economic opportunity.”
Barr relates some of the impacts that EPA regulations have had on coal mining in Kentucky in this video.
Tell me again that the Sierra Club is just a small, grassroots bunch of concerned citizens … who just happen to have a $27 million budget to blow on litigation.
A published report found the Sierra Club spent $27 million on its “Beyond Coal” campaign last year. Bill Raney, president of the West Virginia Coal Association, recently called that number “disturbing.”
The article by SNL Financial Dec. 2 attributed the $27 million figure to documents filed with the Internal Revenue Service. The SNL article quoted Bruce Nilles, Beyond Coal’s senior director, as saying a large share of that went to legal fees, and much of that was in appeals that targeted coal companies and coal-burning utilities.
We recently received this letter from an ACC member company representative who asked that we consider reprinting it.
This letter was written and presented by a Mr. Shad Montgomery at the EPA’s Chicago Listening Session. Mr. Montgomery is the Safety Director at Sunrise Coal. His letter tells a story that is being heard throughout the coal industry. As increasingly strict EPA regulations forcibly shutter mines and coal plants, and stifle the new development of cleaner, more efficient coal plants, many in the coal industry are facing a bleak economic reality, as are their families and friends.
David Green is a natural spokesman for the coal industry. David is a West Virginia coal miner and mine rescue captain with Alpha Natural Resources. He is boldly speaking out to protect his chosen profession and industry, which provides hundreds of thousands of direct and indirect jobs, along with affordable, abundant, and increasingly clean electricity to people across the nation.