U.S. Rep. Nick J. Rahall released the following statement condemning new regulations issued today by the Environmental Protection Agency that would effectively prevent the construction of new coal-fired power plants. Rahall is also today introducing House Concurrent Resolution 57 to express the sense of Congress that the Agency's new rule would be harmful to the economy and America's energy security.
"I am dead-set against the EPA and their scheme to issue emissions standards that would make it next to impossible for new coal-fired power plants to be constructed. In mandating that new power plants utilize technology that is not even commercially available, let alone affordable, the Agency is preventing abundant American coal from meeting America's future energy needs. The result of this wrong-headed policy would be higher energy bills for families and businesses, reduced power reliability and energy independence for our nation, and lost jobs for our coal miners.
"This callous, ideologically driven Agency continues to be numb to the economic pain that their reckless regulations cause. Today's rule is just the latest salvo in the EPA's war on coal, a war I have unwaveringly soldiered against, and I will work tirelessly to prevent such an ill-conceived and illogical plan from moving forward. It is in this vein, that I am today introducing a Resolution to express Congress' strong disapproval of this rule and I invite both Democrats and Republicans to join me in this initial effort."