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Stop the War on Coal Act of 2012

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Location: Washington, DC

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Mr. SULLIVAN. Thank you, Chairman Whitfield.

Mr. Chair, I rise today in strong support of H.R. 3409, the Stop the War on Coal Act. This bill would help reverse the negative impact of President Obama's coal policies and protect American jobs from overregulation by the EPA.

The Obama administration is trying to regulate what they don't have the votes to legislate, and it's costing American jobs. Just this week, Alpha Natural Resources announced the elimination of 1,200 jobs due to the Obama administration's hostility towards the coal industry. The relief this bill provides cannot come soon enough.

One of the main provisions of the bill is the TRAIN Act. It's bipartisan legislation I authored and the House passed last year. The TRAIN Act forces EPA to conduct an in-depth cost benefit analysis of their most expensive power sector regulations so the American people can fully understand how the EPA's train wreck of regulations is impacting our economy.

At its heart, the TRAIN Act simply asks these questions:

What do these EPA regulations mean for the ability to compete in a global marketplace?

Will electricity prices climb, and by how much?

How would higher electricity prices and power plant closures affect jobs in the U.S. economy?

This is the right thing to do. I urge the passage of this measure.

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