Leveling with the American People on Climate Action Plan

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

What President Obama Must Say in his State of the Union


Washington, D.C. – The American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity (ACCCE) called on President Obama to level with the American people about his Climate Action Plan during the State of the Union address tonight.


Reports are that the President will focus his speech on job creation, income equality and economic growth. Contrary to his rhetoric, however, this Administration’s regulatory assault on coal-fueled power has accomplished quite the opposite, jeopardizing America’s economic future and costing U.S. jobs.


“While the President touts that his second term will address economic inequality, his own Administration’s regulations on coal-fueled electricity will have a lasting and devastating impact on low and fixed-income communities and areas of the country dependent on coal-related jobs,” said Mike Duncan, president and CEO of ACCCE. “Picking winners and losers in energy production is not the way to fight income inequality. Instead, we should be developing all of our domestic resources, including coal, while supporting continued research to develop and utilize clean coal technology. Keeping coal in our energy mix will ensure that all Americans have continued access to affordable electricity.”


Growing evidence suggests that President Obama has empowered his Administration to do all it can to diminish the use of coal in America’s energy portfolio—at any expense. His own Environmental Protection Agency disregarded cost concerns raised by Congress and other agencies like the Department of Energy and Office of Management and Budget, when crafting its New Source Performance Standard (NSPS) for new, coal-fueled power plants. NSPS requires carbon capture and storage, a technology that isn’t even commercially available yet—even though experts within several agencies, as well industry stakeholders, repeatedly raised concerns about the achievability of the rule.


“ACCCE continues to be dismayed by the President’s unbridled use of executive, unilateral action in carrying out his Climate Action Plan, as it will have a profoundly negative impact on our nation’s economy,” Duncan said. “As the President stands before millions of Americans during tonight’s State of the Union address, I hope he will finally level with them about the true impacts of his climate change initiative and chart a more promising path forward to protect our nation’s energy and economic security before it’s too late.”