Congressman Brett Guthrie (KY-02) today voted in support of H.R. 3409, the "Stop the War on Coal Act of 2012."
"It's time to reinvest in the entrepreneurial spirit that made America strong," said Congressman Guthrie. "It's time to support an all-of-the-above energy plan that is responsible, affordable and secure."
H.R. 3409 is composed of five separate bills that aim to end the regulatory burden of the current Administration and instead pursue an all-of-the-above pro-jobs agenda.
Specifically these bills seek to: prevent the Secretary of the Interior from issuing new rules or regulations that adversely impact mining jobs; stop the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from using the Clean Air Act to impose costly greenhouse gas regulations that burden broad sectors of the economy; require an interagency committee to analyze the cumulative economic impacts of specific environmental regulations to learn how they affect energy costs, jobs and competitiveness; provide for the safe management and disposal of coal ash that encourages recycling; and to rein in the EPA from imposing one-size-fits-all regulations from the Clean Water Act. Title V of the bill, containing the Clean Water Cooperative Federalism Act, specifically addresses EPA's unprecedented attack on coal mining in Kentucky and other Appalachian states.
"We need to encourage jobs in the energy industry and strive for energy independence, not decrease our energy production. House Republicans recognize the central role that affordable, reliable electricity from coal plays in job creation, especially in manufacturing states like Kentucky, where lower energy bills mean more resources to hire new employees," added Congressman Guthrie.