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Washington, D.C. – The American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity (ACCCE) applauded the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power for hosting today’s hearing to examine challenges states face in complying with EPA’s proposed carbon regulations. The hearing features six public utility commissioners and documented the many issues associated with EPA’s proposal, including threats to their economies and electric reliability.

 

“The EPA brazenly cast aside any regard for states’ unique energy makeup, opting instead for a ‘one size fits all’ plan that will cause utility costs to skyrocket for millions of American families and businesses, while undermining the reliability of the country’s electric grid,” said Laura Sheehan, senior vice president for communications at ACCCE. “The state public utility commissioners who testified today revealed the mounting concerns with EPA’s proposal and, rightfully so, questioned the legality of EPA’s power grab.”

 

Today’s hearing addressed a number of mounting concerns raised by states as they create their own emissions plans, including:

  • Legal issues associated with EPA’s proposal;
  • Practical issues associated with EPA’s proposal;
  • Impacts on electricity rates for consumers and businesses;
  • Impacts on fuel diversity and electric reliability; and
  • Impacts on future economic growth and jobs.

During testimony, Commissioner Kenneth W. Anderson, Jr. from Texas noted the lack of time states have been allotted—only 120 days—to analyze, develop and submit plans to EPA by its deadline of October 16.

 

“Effectively, the EPA is proposing to restructure the nation’s electric system, which has slowly evolved over a century. This is a dramatic and unprecedented undertaking which...

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EPA and NRDC: Undeniable Bedfellows

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Washington, D.C. – The American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity (ACCCE) commended a new investigation exploring the relationship between the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), launched yesterday by House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa and Senate Environment and Public Works ranking member David Vitter.

 

West Virginia, Kentucky AGs Stand Up to EPA Overreach

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Washington, D.C.– The American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity (ACCCE) applauded Attorneys General Jack Conway (D-KY) and Patrick Morrisey (R-WV) for their continued leadership in standing up to EPA’s overreaching proposed carbon regulations.

 

EPA Must Provide Answers about Rulemaking Analysis

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Washington, D.C. – The American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity (ACCCE) added its voice to growing criticism about the lack of transparency at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and applauded U.S. House Science, Space, and Technology Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) for demanding action in a letter sent to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy yesterday.

Tom Steyer Preaches to the Masses from his High Horse

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Washington, D.C. – Billionaire climate activist Tom Steyer once again reminded us just how elitist and out-of-touch he really is at a conference hosted by the American Renewable Energy Institute in Aspen, CO today. Espousing the need to reach everyday people with his climate message, he noted that “super-sophisticated people” already recognize and have taken action to address the issue and implied that the “99.5 percent of the people whose lives are very busy and complicated and pressing” apparently lack the sophistication to understand climate change at all.

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