Congressman Tim Griffin (AR-02) issued the following statement in response to the Obama Administration's anti-coal, anti-job energy initiatives:
"Four years ago today, President Obama tried unsuccessfully to convince a Democratic-controlled Congress to pass his job-killing national energy tax, known as "Cap-and-Trade.' Now the President and his advisers are launching a broadside attack on hardworking families by increasing their costs every time they flip on a light switch, cool their home and cook dinner for their family. One of his advisers told the New York Times, "a war on coal is exactly what's needed.' What's needed, Mr. President, is an affordable, all-American energy policy that promotes job growth here at home and makes us less dependent on energy sources abroad."
In the New York Times today, Daniel Schrag, a Harvard University professor who serves as a scientific adviser to President Obama said: "Politically, the White House is hesitant to say they're having a war on coal. On the other hand, a war on coal is exactly what's needed."
Almost half of Arkansas's electric power was supplied by coal-fired power plants in 2011, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
According to the American Action Forum, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) outpaced all other agencies in regulatory costs in 2012 with $172 billion. To date this year, it has racked up $38 billion in new regulations.
The American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity estimates that seven new EPA regulations alone will cost the electrical sector $16.7 billion per year, cause 887,000 job losses per year and contribute to the shutting down of 69,000 megawatts of coal-fired power. The cost for the average household could be more than $500 per year.
One fifth of the nation's coal plants shut down between 2009-2012.