States with Little to Lose from EPA's Carbon Rules Offer Poor Model for Broader U.S. Effort

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Washington, D.C. – The American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity (ACCCE) blasted a letter signed by energy and environmental officials from 15 states that, unlike most of the country, have relatively small amounts of coal-powered electricity.

“It is the height of hubris that states with no real reliance on coal-generated power are all too eager to urge EPA to impose ‘stringent’ rules for the rest of the country,” said Laura Sheehan, Senior Vice President of Communications for the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity (ACCCE). “These 15 states would be largely unaffected by the dire social, economic and electric reliability consequences of taking coal offline. But their lack of concern for residents of the other 35 states is truly troubling. ”

The states that sent the letter are not representative of the broader United States. Half of these states have almost no coal-fueled power plants at all, and combined, these 15 states use just 12 percent of the entire nation’s supply of electricity from coal. Additionally, 10 of these states already regulate carbon emissions through their own programs and would be unaffected if EPA imposes similar standards on states that rely on coal production and coal-fueled electricity.