Rep. K. Michael Conaway (R-TX) issued the following statement today on passage of the Coal Miner Employment and Domestic Energy Infrastructure Protection Act (H.R. 3409).
"President Obama's war on American energy is as real as it is dangerous and misguided, and coal is no exception. Today, I proudly supported the passage of H.R. 3409, the Stop the War on Coal Act to stop this administration's efforts to eliminate a key part of our domestic energy mix, the American coal industry. Coal provides over 45% of our nation's electricity and is the primary source of the abundant, inexpensive electric power that makes our people the most productive on earth.
"As a candidate, President Obama promised Americans that "if somebody wants to build a coal-powered plant, they can; it's just that it will bankrupt them.'" He went on to tell consumers that if he becomes president, "electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket.'
"For the past three years, he has been fulfilling those promises with a vengeance. The avalanche of regulations coming out of Washington are threatening to close hundreds of coal-fired power plants across the country, putting Americans out of work, and driving up electricity costs for businesses and families at the very time they cannot afford to pay more.
"With today's vote, House Republicans have said enough is enough. The crisis facing our unemployed family members and struggling small businesses is not coal, it's jobs. It is time for the President to stop wasting our time hunting his whale and focus on the real problems facing this nation -- the nosedive in employment he has presided over."
H.R. 3409 is a package of bills that protect American jobs and support U.S. energy production by (1) prohibiting the Secretary of the Interior from issuing new rules or regulations that will adversely impact mining jobs; (2) stopping the EPA from using the Clean Air Act to impose costly greenhouse gas regulations that would burden broad sectors of the economy; (3) providing an honest accounting of the full cost of EPA's rules; (4) providing consistent state regulatory authority over coal ash; and (5) blocking EPA's usurpation of the states' role under the Clean Water Act in setting water quality standards and restoring the long-standing balance between federal and state partners in regulating the nation's waters.