Pick Your Community: | Hopkins | Muhlenberg | Daviess | Christian | Henderson | Lakes | McCracken | Webster

Whitfield Says Obama’s Assault on Coal will Lead to an 80% Electricity Rate Hike

whitfield ed a 300FRANKFORT, Ky. (6/21/13) – U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield (KY-01), Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Energy and Power, today held a joint hearing with the Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade to explore how new technologies and innovation are unlocking domestic energy resources and helping to revive American manufacturing and bring high-paying jobs back to America. During the hearing, Whitfield stressed the importance of coal in keeping electricity affordable.
 
“The Obama administration says they support an all-of-the-above energy policy, but they are systematically trying to eliminate some fossil fuels, particularly coal,” stated Whitfield during the hearing. “I was reading the Federal Register footnotes on the proposed greenhouse gas new source performance standards for new electric generating units. In the Register, it says the Department of Energy Technology Laboratory estimates that when the rule becomes final, the technology that the coal industry would have to use to meet the emissions standards would add 80 percent to the cost of electricity. As we move forward, we have to think about the policies and the impact because I for one do believe we need all of the above approach to energy. Green energy alone is not going to get it done.”
 
In addition to an estimated 80 percent rate increase, Whitfield says that the technology needed to comply with the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) new source performance standards, is not yet commercially available. In November, 2011, the former EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, when talking about the proposed carbon rule on utilities, admitted that, “It can be years, maybe a decade or more, until we have the technology available at commercial scale.”
 
Whitfield has long contended that EPA is trying to regulate the coal industry out of existence. He recently wrote an editorial with Kentucky Representative Jim Gooch stressing (D – Providence) expressing concern over what would happen to the cost of electricity if coal if President Obama and the Environmental Protection Agency are successful in fully implementing their energy polices.
 
According to a recent report from the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet, Kentuckians get 92 percent of their electricity from coal-fired power plants. Over 14,000 Kentuckians are employed by the Kentucky Coal Industry.
 
SurfKY News
Information provided by Chris Pack

© 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 by using one of the social media links below.

3/13 - 16
button coupons

Stock Report

1 DOW 17,672.60
-141.38 (-0.79%)    
2 S&P 2,051.82
-11.33 (-0.55%)    
3 NASDAQ 4,757.88
+7.48 (0.16%)    
3/13 - 16
3/13 - 16
button classifieds

In Other News...

MCCH Offers Free Screenings at the Love Your Heart Health Screening Event on Feb. 6

MURRAY, Ky. (1/25/15) — Murray-Calloway County Hospital encourages you to Love Your Heart in recognition of American… Read More

Five Injured in Two-Vehicle Collision

BELTON, Ky. (1/24/15) ― Five people went to the hospital after a two-vehicle collision at 3:55 p.m. Friday, Jan. 23 on… Read More
3/13 - 16

Most Read This Week

January 19, 2015 8884

Two-Year-Old Child Dies after Being Struck by…

in Top News For All Sites by Paul Ray
January 19, 2015 8770

UPDATE - Lady Mustangs Fall to South Warren

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Steve LeMaster
January 23, 2015 7360

Local Church's Faith Restored; 71 Souls Saved…

in Video by Gary Gates, SurfKY News
January 22, 2015 6774

Nortonville Man Accused of Selling Drugs near…

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Madisonville Police Department/Hopkins County Jail
January 20, 2015 6597

Bridal, Prom, Pageant Expo Planned for February…

in Hopkins News by Dana Brown
January 23, 2015 5342

Parents Face Charges after Marijuana Joint Falls…

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Madisonville Police Department/Hopkins County Jail
January 21, 2015 5204

KYDOT Pre-Treating Roads Thursday in Antipation…

in Top News For All Sites by Keith Todd
January 21, 2015 4673

Man Arrested after Allegedly Nodding off on Baby…

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Madisonville Police Department/Hopkins County Jail
January 22, 2015 4569

MCEA Head: Further School Mergers Might Ease…

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Paul McRee, SurfKY News
January 18, 2015 4163

Single Vehicle Injury Collision On Cleaton Road

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Stu Recke, KSP

Stories Trending Today

January 25, 2015 1962

Dean’s List Announced

in Top News For All Sites Touching Hopkins by Joyce Riggs
January 23, 2015 1941

School Board Hears Public Comments Regarding…

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News
January 24, 2015 1573

Five Injured in Two-Vehicle Collision

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Chris E. King
January 24, 2015 1331

Happenings, Meetings Listed for Hopkins County

in Hopkins News by Amber Averitt, SurfKY News
January 24, 2015 1199

Kentucky 2014 Highway Fatality Figures Released

in General News For All Sites by Keith Todd
January 25, 2015 1168

Two Die, Two Injured in Two-Vehicle Accident

in Local (Owensboro) Top News by Dispatcher Dustin Staves
January 24, 2015 1161

PSC Bars $54 Million in Kentucky Power Fuel Cost…

in General News For All Sites by Andrew Melnykovych
January 24, 2015 1107

Keeping the Faith - 'What It's Good For'

in General News For All Sites by Ronnie McBrayer
January 24, 2015 1095

Spelling Bee Contest Winners Announced

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Joyce Riggs
January 24, 2015 1055

Busting the Myths of Leadership

in General News For All Sites by David Taylor

SurfKY News Group, Inc.
Corporate Office & Studio
1125 Nebo Rd.  •  Madisonville, KY 42431
270.452.2727 (phone)
  •  270.452.2249 (fax)


Contact a member of our staff: www.surfky.com/contact
Copyright © 2015 SurfKY News Group, Inc.  •  Terms of Use  •  Site Map

social fbsocial twsocial yt
social gpsocial flr subscribevideoitunessocial rss