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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.


Instead of regulating American coal-based electricity out of existence, the administration should work...

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