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“Instead of showing off his pet project he should be focusing on the everyday Americans who rely on affordable energy to keep the lights on for their families.”

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. — As President Barack Obama headlines the “National Clean Energy Summit 8.0: Powering Progress” today in Las Vegas, the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity suggests he address the fact his carbon plan will raise energy costs for American families and do nothing to impact climate change.

 

“The president’s plan will result in unnecessary economic adversity for Nevadans and all Americans,” said ACCCE Senior Vice President of Communications Laura Sheehan. “Instead of showing off his pet project he should be focusing on the everyday Americans who rely on affordable energy to keep the lights on for their families.”

 

On average, nearly half of America’s families bring home less than $25,000 annually and are already scraping by to afford current energy costs. In fact according to a survey by the National Energy Assistance Directors Association, 24 percent of low-income households went without food for at least one day to pay for necessary energy while another 37 percent without medical or dental care.

 

While it will take time to figure out the real cost of the President’s carbon plan, the proposed version of the rule was projected to cost more than $40 billion per year; raise electricity prices in 43 states; and, for all practical purposes, have zero effect on climate change.

 

During his remarks, the president will likely also conveniently leave out the vital impact coal-related jobs have on the economy. His plan to regulate carbon emissions will...

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