U.S. Rep. Harold "Hal" Rogers (KY-05) released the following statement condemning President Obama's Climate Action Plan unveiled during a speech at Georgetown University on Tuesday, June 25, 2013. Prior to the President's speech, White House science adviser, Daniel Schrag told the New York Times, "a war on coal is exactly what's needed."
"President Obama's disastrous climate change plan is the latest job-killing bomb to be dropped on Kentucky and dozens of other coal states already knocked down after four years of anti-coal policies. This War on Coal is a war on middle-class Americans - it's a war on jobs and it has already put 5,700 Kentucky coal miners out of work since 2011. And to think a White House adviser had the audacity to say, "we need a war on coal." In 2008, the President promised to bankrupt the coalfields and today he took another step toward his reckless, shameful goal."
Kentucky continues to get 92-percent of its energy from coal-fired power plants, according to the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet, but under the President's plan, more than 200 coal-fired power plants have already shut down in 25 states. The closure of mines and power plants, and resulting hikes in electric rates are expected to cost the US economy some 887,000 jobs per year.
Rogers has served Kentucky's 5th Congressional District since 1981. With a focus on economic development, job creation, fighting illegal drugs and preserving Appalachia's natural treasures, he has a reputation for listening to his constituents and fighting for the region he represents. For more information, visit http://halrogers.house.gov/ or follow Rogers on Twitter https://twitter.com/#!/RepHalRogers or on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/#!/CongressmanHalRogers.