Congressman Marlin Stutzman (IN-03) issued the following statement after the House of Representatives passed H.R. 3409, the Stop the War on Coal Act of 2012.
"Coal's abundant and affordable energy has helped Indiana become the best place to do business in the Midwest," said Stutzman. "Coal-fired electric power plants provided 83% of our state's electricity generation last year. That electricity powers everything from manufacturing mainstays to small business startups. Unfortunately, President Obama's EPA has waged a war on coal. We need regulations that are sensible, not overbearing. Unelected bureaucrats have proposed a series of sweeping regulations that would destroy jobs and decrease domestic energy production. Today, my colleagues and I took a stand for Hoosier energy and the families and businesses that rely on the electricity coal provides."
The Stop the War on Coal Act adopts a broad set of common sense reforms designed to stop the administration's regulatory onslaught and instead promote fact and market-based regulations. Specifically, the legislation would:
· Prohibit the Secretary of the Interior from issuing regulations under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act that will reduce the amount of coal available for domestic consumption or export.
· Stop the EPA from using the Clean Air Act to quietly impose a carbon cap-and-tax scheme.
· Require an interagency committee to analyze the cumulative economic impacts of environmental regulations in an effort to understand how these policies affect manufacturing, global competitiveness, energy prices, and jobs.
The legislation was passed by a vote of 233-175.