President Obama Disappoints, Misleads on Energy in State of the Union

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Washington, D.C. – Not surprisingly, President Obama failed to come clean with the American people about the devastating impacts of his Climate Action Plan during tonight’s State of the Union address.


“The President ignored the opportunity to level with the American people about the damage his Climate Action Plan will have on the U.S. economy and jobs across the country,” said Mike Duncan, president and CEO of the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity (ACCCE). “In a puzzling paradox, President Obama decried income inequality, while touting progress on his climate change initiative – bypassing the fact that increased energy costs place an outsized burden on lower and fixed income families and make it more difficult for businesses to succeed. Regulations spearheaded by his own Environmental Protection Agency aimed at coal-fueled electricity will weaken our economy and our energy security. We hope that the President hears the concerns of the millions of Americans who rely on affordable, reliable coal for their electricity and uses commonsense, achievable standards to make our energy cleaner.”


The coal electricity industry has invested $130 billion to reduce emissions 90 percent over the past forty years and is continuing that investment to make coal power as clean as possible. ACCCE will continue to fight rules that undermine our nation’s energy security and put American jobs at risk.