ACCCE Thanks House Energy and Commerce Committee for Continuing Debate on the Consequences of President Obama’s Climate Agenda
October 7, 2015
“The American people deserve to know why their wallets will be raided to achieve this Administration’s politicized energy policies.”
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity is pleased the House Committee on Energy and Commerce’s Subcommittee on Energy and Power will afford the American people the opportunity to hear yet again the costly implications of the President’s climate agenda.
“While EPA’s Janet McCabe failed to fully address many questions put to her before Senate EPW’s hearing last week, we are hopeful she will finally explain to the American people why her agency is pursuing a legally flawed plan that usurps control of energy distribution while raising the cost of electricity across the board,” said Robert M. “Mike” Duncan, ACCCE president and CEO. “The American people deserve to know why their wallets will be raided to achieve this Administration’s politicized energy policies.”
The hearing comes on the heels of one in the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee wherein Janet McCabe, EPA Acting Assistant Administrator for the Office of Air and Radiation, side-stepped questions that provided her the opportunity to justify the cost, negligible environmental benefits and overwhelming opposition from the states on the Clean Power Plan.
In her opening statement to the committee McCabe said her agency’s plan is “projected to result in climate and health benefits of $34 to $54 billion.” This statement flies in the face of analysis performed by NERA on the proposed CPP which found that implementation costs would be more than $360 billion and result in double digit electricity price increases in 43 states.
“What this administration fails to communicate is when people on low- and fixed incomes are faced with higher electricity bills they too often must forgo other necessities like food and medication. When that occurs, people’s health and well-being are put at risk and that’s not an outcome anyone should support,” Duncan said.
When questioned by Senator Deb Fischer (R-NE) about the toll the federal overreach would have on energy prices in her home state of Nebraska, McCabe insisted that the EPA plan has “absolutely no mandates,” a contradiction known to be false. In fact, the costly carbon plan will mandate that states meet new onerous standards through policies such as cap and trade, an energy policy that was widely panned and defeated five years ago.
The American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity is a partnership of the industries involved in producing electricity from coal. Coal, an abundant and affordable American energy resource, provides nearly 40 percent of our power. By 2018, the coal-based power industry is expected to have invested more than $126 billion to develop technologies to use this critical resource more cleanly and efficiently than ever before.