ACCCE Welcomes Senator Mary Landrieu as Chairwoman of Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Washington, D.C. – The American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity (ACCCE) today congratulated Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) for being named the new Chairwoman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.
“Senator Landrieu has been a fearless leader in the Senate, fighting back against EPA overreach in order to protect affordable, reliable fossil fuels and seeking commonsense solutions to use our most abundant resources, like coal, more efficiently and cleanly,” said Laura Sheehan, senior vice president of communications for ACCCE.  “She has been an outspoken critic of EPA’s misguided carbon regulations, often breaking with party lines in order to voice her concerns about the rules’ devastating economic consequences. We hope Senator Landrieu’s chairmanship will inspire a new era of bipartisan cooperation between both chambers of Congress in defending the American people and the American economy against President Obama’s dangerous and reckless carbon rules.”
Throughout her tenure in the U.S. Senate, Senator Landrieu has been an advocate for affordable, reliable energy from coal and other fossil fuels. Hailing from Louisiana, where fossil fuels have sustained the state’s economy for generations, Senator Landrieu knows firsthand that a diverse energy mix is the key to keeping our economy competitive and preserving families’ and businesses’ access to affordable, reliable power.
Below are some quotes from Senator Landrieu on EPA’s carbon regulations:
“It is vital that we maintain a diverse mix of energy sources and pursue an all-of-the-above strategy to achieve energy independence. Natural gas and coal provide our nation with abundant and affordable energy, but these proposed regulations will drive domestic energy production down and electricity costs up for our families. The EPA’s regulations for coal plants are also not practical. Requiring them to use technology that has not been proven viable in industrial settings is completely backward. If these overzealous regulations take hold, we will lose ground on the progress we have made in energy independence, increased manufacturing and economic growth.” (Sen. Mary Landrieu, “Proposed EPA Rules Not Practical & Hurt Domestic Energy Production, Job Creation,” Press Release, 9/20/2013)
“The President and I have very different views on how to tackle the challenges of climate change. We both want to protect the environment, but I believe that overzealous regulations are harmful to our economy. […] And any call to single out the energy industry, including oil and gas, for increased taxes is unwise and counterproductive to economic growth. We should be encouraged that America’s emission of CO2 has declined to its lowest level in two decades, and emissions have fallen 13 percent in the last five years alone.” (Sen. Mary Landrieu, “Landrieu Statement On President’s Climate Plan,Press Release, 6/25/13)
“U.S. Senator Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., today called on her colleagues in Congress and the Obama Administration to tone down unhelpful rhetoric regarding U.S. energy policy-and instead work together to develop an ‘all-of-the-above’ strategy to reduce our dependence on foreign oil, create jobs and spur innovation.” (Sen. Mary Landrieu, “Landrieu Urges Obama Administration, GOP To Turn Down Rhetoric On Energy Policy,Press Release, 2/29/2012)
“U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu, D-La., today voted to approve Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s, R-Alaska, bipartisan resolution to block the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) attempt to use the Clean Air Act to regulate greenhouse gases. Sen. Landrieu signed on to the resolution as a co-sponsor in January.” (Sen. Mary Landrieu, “Landrieu Votes to Block EPA’s Overreach On Regulating Greenhouse Gases,Press Release, 6/10/2010)

  • If the federal government is serious about reducing carbon emissions, Congress needs to develop the right goals, guidelines and tools necessary to do the job. The Clean Air Act was designed to reduce the smog and acid rain that was choking our cities in the 1970s and 1980s, not to limit carbon in our atmosphere.” (Sen. Mary Landrieu, “Landrieu Votes to Block EPA’s Overreach On Regulating Greenhouse Gases,” Press Release, 6/10/2010)


  • “The fact remains that allowing the EPA to make an end run around Congress and twist the Clean Air Act for this purpose would result in ever-changing regulations and uncertainty in the private investment market that would damage Louisiana’s already fragile economy and fail to address the risks of climate change. I look forward to working with Democrats and Republicans to find a better, smarter way forward in the weeks ahead.  Americans want and need energy solutions and more job creation, not overreach by regulators. That starts with real, public debate on climate change and energy challenges facing our nation.” (Sen. Mary Landrieu, “Landrieu Votes to Block EPA’s Overreach On Regulating Greenhouse Gases,” Press Release, 6/10/2010)

“To regulate carbon emissions with the Clean Air Act would be to jam a square peg into a round hole. This act is a blunt instrument not suited to the job. I fear that the result would be poorly designed regulations that damage our economy, lead to great investment uncertainty and not do enough to enhance energy security and reduce the risks of climate change.” (Sen. Mary Landrieu, “Landrieu Co-Sponsors Resolution To Halt EPA Efforts To Use Clean Air Act To Regulate Greenhouse Gases,” Press Release, 1/21/2010)
“United States Senator Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., today commented on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) declaration that carbon dioxide and five other greenhouse gases are a threat to public health. : ‘I share the Administration’s concern regarding the impact of greenhouse gases on the environment. However, I am equally concerned that misguided federal regulation of greenhouse gases could have a detrimental effect on our economy and potentially on the environment, as regulations can have unintended consequences.’” (Sen. Mary Landrieu, “Landrieu Comments On EPA’s Declaration On Greenhouse Gases,” Press Release, 4/17/2009)