ACCCE Responds to Release of EPA's New Source Performance Standards

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Statement from ACCCE President and CEO Robert M. "Mike" Duncan

"The EPA’s proposal confirms the administration is talking out of both sides of its mouth when it comes to meaningful, long-term energy policy.

"Despite their talk about an ‘all of the above’ approach to energy, the EPA is banning the construction of modern coal plants resulting in fewer fuel choices in the market. Fewer energy choices could cause American consumers to pay the ultimate price of higher energy bills.

"Ironically, the EPA’s proposal could actually do long-term harm to the environment. By stopping the development of new coal plants, the EPA is halting the development of carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies. This misguided policy only adds insult to injury to an industry which has successfully used clean coal technologies to reduce many emissions by more than 90 percent.

"Despite the administration’s flawed thinking, the coal industry is committed to seeking solutions to ensure that this important natural resource remains a vital part of America’s energy mix for generations to come."

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