Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) released the following statement regarding EPA's new source performance standard that will effectively block the construction of new coal fired power plants in the United States:
"EPA's action strikes at the core of West Virginia and is yet another sign that this Administration simply doesn't care about the hard working men and women who earn their living in the coal industry, doesn't care about providing reliable and affordable energy to power the national economy for years to come, and doesn't care about harming the very fabric of communities across our state.
"West Virginia families and businesses have already paid a heavy price due to EPA's overbearing regulations. We must take into account the economic impact of government regulations on local communities, and we should not take an action that hinders our nation's ability to compete globally.
"Last night I introduced the Ensure Reliable and Affordable American Energy Act. My bill would delay the implementation of these new EPA regulations until other countries comprising at least 80 percent of non-U.S. global carbon dioxide emissions enact regulations that are at least as stringent as EPA's new standards.
"Blocking the use our domestic coal reserves while our global competitors use our coal to power their own economic growth means that America will be forced to compete globally with one arm tied behind our back. West Virginians know that an energy economy is a jobs economy and our state will unite to fight the Administration tooth and nail."