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Washington, D.C. – The American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity blasted remarks made by Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy on Monday in which she cheapened the escalating concern her agency’s Clean Power Plan has generated in communities across the country. Speaking at a POLITICO Playbook Lunch event, Administrator McCarthy stated to POLITICO’s Mike Allen, “I hate to tell you, but it’s [the Clean Power Plan] not as hot outside Washington, D.C. as it is in Washington, D.C. We have to look at the issues people care about across the country.”

 

In contrast, EPA’s Clean Power Plan has received heated criticism outside the beltway from elected officials and regulators in 32 states all underscoring the significant threats the proposal presents to consumers including higher electricity rates and weakened grid reliability. Notably, governors and attorneys general in 28 states have called for the outright withdrawal of EPA’s proposal.

 

“Frankly, Administrator McCarthy’s refusal to accept reality isn’t the least bit surprising considering EPA has yet to make a true, concerted effort to travel to coal-dependent communities and hear from Americans who will pay the biggest price for her agency’s disastrous carbon proposal,” said Laura Sheehan, senior vice president for communications at ACCCE. “While EPA chooses to stay inside its ivory tower and ignore concerns from outside of Washington, American households and the economy continue to be placed in a perilous state.”

 

McCarthy’s remarks only add to a growing list of occurrences in which EPA has opted to...

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