U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell made the following statement Thursday regarding Senator Inhofe's legislation to prevent the Obama EPA from imposing a controversial new regulation on utility providers, known as Utility MACT, that would raise energy prices and threaten jobs:
"Today, I join my colleagues to support Senator Inhofe's legislation which reins in the EPA's job-killing Utility MACT regulation. The coal industry is essential to Kentucky's economy and many regions of our country--without it American jobs will be lost and energy prices will increase. This regulation threatens the availability of reliable electricity to the American public, costs the taxpayer over $10 billion dollars each year, significantly increases electricity prices, and will result in the loss of tens of thousands of American jobs. Don't be mistaken, Kentucky is at the center of the Administration's bulls eye and this rule takes direct aim at Kentucky's thriving industries. It threatens the jobs of over 1,400 Kentuckians working in aluminum smelter plants as well as Kentucky's approximately 18,000 coal miners, and not to mention the industries that support them. At a time when many Kentucky families are already making tough financial decisions, we must rein in the Obama EPA and their continued assault on Kentucky jobs and their families."