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Clean Coal Technology Jobs

Creating cleaner, more efficient ways to harness the reliable and affordable energy provided by American coal isn’t just in the best interest of our industry, it’s also in the best interest of our country. Right now as a nation we’re working towards an economic recovery, and the prospect of facing potentially devastating regulations that will result in job losses, while raising energy prices for average American families is the wrong path forward.

The coal industry provides jobs. In 2010, our industry was responsible for 211,410 direct jobs and 554,940 indirect jobs for a total of more than 760,000 coal jobs. The announced plan to shutter coal-fueled power plants will result in an estimated loss of 4,000 to 5,000 direct jobs and 12,700 to 16,600 indirect jobs at a time when we should be working to create new opportunities, not sending people home. Read more +

This is larger than just the announced plan to close coal-fueled power plants. The National Economic Research Associates (NERA) analyzed the impacts of seven EPA regulations that will impact our industry. It’s analysis found that U.S. employment losses due to these regulations ranges from 544,000 a year to 887,000 a year with peak year losses between 700,000 to 2.2 million. At the same time, the cost for American households would increase by $200 to $500 a year with peak year loss in family incomes ranging from $400 to $700.

As an industry, we’re striving to strike a balance between providing cleaner, more efficient coal-fueled energy and protecting the jobs and livelihoods of our coal workers and our consumers. Potentially damaging regulations are not the right way to create jobs and they aren’t the right way to help keep costs from rising for energy consumers. <<

Abundant Resources

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