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Washington, D.C. – EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy is visiting communities across the country in honor of Earth Week, but most of her stops are staged media events with the same environmental groups that have long supported her agency’s climate change agenda.

 

After appearing on the “Daily Show with Jon Stewart” on Monday and throwing out the first pitch at Fenway Park this evening, McCarthy will spend the final three days in Ohio, Georgia and Tennessee, where coal use is 69%, 33% and 41%, respectively. The poorest families in Ohio, Georgia and Tennessee—those living well below the poverty line—pay a staggering 72%, 86% and 61%, respectively, of their family incomes on rising energy costs; costs that are rising largely due to EPA regulations aimed to eliminate coal-based electricity generation.

 

“It comes as no surprise that Administrator McCarthy participated in a few staged media events sponsored by the same deep-pocketed environmental groups that have long supported—and bankrolled—her agency’s climate change efforts. What we don’t expect is any admission on the part of Administrator McCarthy that the real impacts of her agency’s policies on the people of Ohio, Georgia and Tennessee will be higher electricity costs, lost jobs and a weaker economy,” said Laura Sheehan, senior vice president of communications for the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity (ACCCE). “Administrator McCarthy must have heeded our criticism about her failure to visit coal-dependent states during EPA’s listening session tour last year, but paying mere lip service to coal states as part of an Earth Day-themed press junket is downright offensive to all those who will foot the bill for this administration’s costly climate crusade.”...

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