ACCCE Statement on EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy's Testimony

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Washington, D.C. - The American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity (ACCCE) issued the following statement today from Laura Sheehan, Senior Vice President for Communications:


"With EPA regulations set to be released that, if reports are correct, will essentially halt all new coal plants in America and thwart the development of second generation carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology, Americans should be reminded of coal’s importance to our future. 


"According to the federal government's own projections, coal will be our largest source of electrical generation through 2040, providing affordable and reliable electricity to American businesses and families.


“Yet, the administration continues to speak out of both sides of its mouth. This summer, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy asked the public to 'stop talking about environmental regulations killing jobs' in her first official speech. 



"As she testifies again today on Capitol Hill, the people of the coal-based electricity industry would like to assure Administrator McCarthy, the job losses are very real to the families, businesses and communities that benefit from coal. Administrator McCarthy says 'we can and must embrace cutting carbon pollution as a spark for business innovation, job creation, clean energy and broad economic growth.' The EPA's actions will do exactly the opposite. The reality is that the new EPA regulations will stop all new coal plants from being built and end development of new CCS technology in America."