whit oboro 2

CENTERTOWN, Ky. (7/3/13) – U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield, who also serves as Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Energy and Power, joined with several coal miners at the Equality Boot Surface Coal Mine this week to talk about President Obama’s efforts to eliminate coal production in America.

“If the President and his administration were truly committed to making America a magnet for jobs, they would not be determined to hike electricity costs in the name of reducing carbon emissions, especially when man-made carbon only accounts for 3.8 percent of all global carbon emissions,” Whitfield said. “This will adversely affect everyday families and job creators alike, such as those working in the coal mines.

“These are decisions that should be made in public with debate in the Unites States Congress, not by a President and faceless bureaucracy who are determined to make affordable energy a thing of the past. I want to assure Kentuckians that I will continue to do everything I can to stop the President from hiking energy costs and circumventing the very core of our democracy in the process,” he added.

President Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced new source greenhouse gas emissions standards last year that, once enacted, will make it impossible to build a new coal-fired power plant in America because the technology does not yet exist to meet EPA’s regulations. Once EPA enforces these rules on new power plants, the President will then target existing coal-fired power plants.

Coal-fired power plants are critical to affordable energy in America. Our country gets 42 percent of its electricity from coal-fired power plants and over 90 percent in Kentucky comes from coal. According to the Department of Energy/ National Energy Technology Laboratory, using today’s commercially available technology to comply with these regulations would hike electricity costs by 80 percent for a new pulverized coal plant, and 35 percent to electricity costs for a new advanced gasification-based plant.

To implement the President’s climate change agenda, he will bypass Congress – an elected body representing countless communities across our country – through the use of executive orders.

SurfKY News
Information provided by Chris Pack

e-max.it: your social media marketing partner

LIKE SurfKY on Facebook - Click here to LIKE us now.

© Copyright 2015 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story on social media.

In Other News...

Muhlenberg District Court Fines Handed Down

GREENVILLE, Ky. (5/25/15) — The following fines were recently handed down in Muhlenberg District Court. Scotty Stewart,… Read More

GPD Reminds Citizens about Yard Sale Signs

GREENVILLE, Ky. (5/25/15) — Greenville Police Department would like remind the citizens of Greenville about laws… Read More

Most Read This Week

May 22, 2015 7259

Madisonville Man Charged with First-Degree Rape

by SurfKY News
May 23, 2015 6870

Missing 5-Year-Old Boy Found

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
May 20, 2015 3544

Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park Holding Beach…

by Gil Lawson
May 21, 2015 3283

Police Charge Madisonville Man with Harassing…

by SurfKY News
May 25, 2015 3105

Can Sunscreen Save Your Life?

by Melissa Patrick

Most Read This Month

May 15, 2015 10715

New Madisonville Business In Full Operation Soon

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
May 15, 2015 7511

Investigation of Local Barber Shop Leads to Drug…

by SurfKY News

Stories Trending Now

May 25, 2015 3105

Can Sunscreen Save Your Life?

by Melissa Patrick
May 25, 2015 1774

UPDATE - MPD Seeks Three in Residential Robbery

by SurfKY News
May 25, 2015 1769

Hopkins Man Injured in Muhlenberg Motorcycle…

by SurfKY News
May 25, 2015 1050

Damascus Road House Leads Young People to Christ

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
May 25, 2015 954

Seniors Celebrate with Cook-out, Games, Fellowship

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
May 25, 2015 691

Muhlenberg District Court Fines Handed Down

by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News
May 25, 2015 648

Deep in the Brain: Why Some Smokers Can Quit

by Melissa Patrick
May 25, 2015 618

Advice from Caregiver Offered during Brain Cancer…

by Samantha Carver, SurfKY News
May 25, 2015 532

New State Police Cadets Report for Training

by Stu Recke
May 25, 2015 499

Wounded Warrior Returns to UK for Journalism…

by Rebecca Stratton, Jenny Wells, Blair Hoover, Elizabeth Baunach