WEBSTER COUNTY, Ky. (1/30/13) - U.S. Representative Ed Whitfield will continue to serve as the chairman of the Subcommittee on Energy and Power, a subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.
Congressman Whitfield said he is pleased serve as chairman of the subcommittee.
The Energy and Power subcommittee has jurisdiction over a number of federal agencies and issues that play a major role in the nation’s energy policy, including the Department of Energy, nuclear power and the coal industry.
While the Environmental Protection Agency and the current administration in Washington still eye tougher restrictions on coal burning plants, Whitfield and House Republicans plan tough resistance.
“House Republicans will continue to oppose any plan that drives up energy costs and puts American businesses at a competitive disadvantage,” he said.
“Most people do not view climate change as one of those urgent issues. There are a lot of other issues more important in my view, like energy independence and so forth. I think the president understands that.”
In November Whitfield received the Washington Coal Club’s Annual Achievement Award for his outstanding achievement in championing the use of coal, which provides one of the cheapest forms of electricity for consumers across the country.
“It is an honor to be recognized as a champion of coal and low cost electricity,” Whitfield said during the award ceremony. “Coal is one of America’s most abundant and important domestic energy resources. I will continue to work to protect our coal miners and protect coal as an essential energy resource. Without coal, consumers will face increased energy costs, making America less competitive in the global marketplace. Roughly 40 percent of our electricity is supplied by coal, and attacking coal as some in Washington tend to do and making it harder for coal-fired power plants to operate will not only hurt our consumers, but will also negatively impact jobs.”
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