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Washington, D.C. – The American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity (ACCCE) pointed out the irony of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) decision to change the location of its upcoming public hearing in Atlanta on a proposed rule that would significantly hinder—and possibly even end—the nation’s use of affordable, reliable and American coal due to a large-scale power failure.

 

“This significant power outage is either cruel irony or a glimpse of a coming cruel reality if the Obama Administration and the EPA are successful in their quest to end the use of affordable, reliable coal,” Laura Sheehan, senior vice president for communications at ACCCE said. “Instead of devising policies that make electricity less reliable and more expensive, the administration should be identifying ways to ensure a reliable, affordable electricity supply that includes our nation’s most abundant fuel resource—coal.”

 

The EPA announced late today—Friday—the decision to change the venue for the public hearing. This comes on the heels of reports that members of the public who are seeking to present testimony before the hearing must provide two forms of identification before being allowed on the premises. This too is ironic, when noting that this administration has so fervently fought against voter identification laws.

 

“It’s yet another cruel irony that an administration that has fought so hard against any effort to require one form of ID for a citizen to exercise his right to vote, is requiring two forms of ID before a citizen can exercise his right to petition the government,” Sheehan said.

 

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Administrator McCarthy: More of the Same Fabled Claims

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Washington, D.C. – EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy reiterated familiar claims about her agency’s newly proposed carbon regulations in front of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee this morning. McCarthy was the sole witness at her first Congressional hearing on the matter since the rule was released in early June.

 

Stop the Dog and Pony Show, President Obama

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Washington, D.C. – Today, President Obama is meeting with his Climate Task Force on Preparedness and Resilience, a group comprised of agreeable stakeholders, including local, state leaders and tribal leaders from across the country, to discuss his administration’s efforts to help prepare communities and businesses for climate change.

New FERC Leader Must Protect Low-Cost, Reliable Electricity

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Washington, D.C. – Later today, the Senate will likely confirm Norman Bay as the new chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for a five-year term, while acting FERC Chairwoman Cheryl LaFleur will be confirmed as a rank-and-file member of FERC, also for a five-year term. The American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity (ACCCE) expressed concerns about Mr.

Too Close for Comfort: EPA and NRDC Carbon Proposals Bear Undeniable Resemblance

Friday, July 11, 2014

Washington, D.C. – Earlier this week, Coral Davenport of the New York Times explored how closely the new Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) carbon rules for existing power plants resemble a proposal put forward by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). Now, EPA has shot back, challenging Ms. Davenport’s claims and contending that the agency crafted the rule using broad stakeholder input.

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