WASHINGTON--()--The American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity praised the passage of the “Stop the War on Coal Act of 2012,” which was voted on by the U.S. House of Representatives today. The act combined several existing bills that received bipartisan support in the House and would ensure that EPA regulations are balanced and sensible.
“Today’s vote was an important signal to voters about which Members of Congress are fighting to protect coal and the jobs it provides. The EPA’s war on coal is threatening more than 1.5 million jobs, many of which are in Ohio, Virginia and Pennsylvania.”
In response to the vote, ACCCE president and CEO Mike Duncan released the following statement:
“Today’s vote was an important signal to voters about which Members of Congress are fighting to protect coal and the jobs it provides. The EPA’s war on coal is threatening more than 1.5 million jobs, many of which are in Ohio, Virginia and Pennsylvania.
“This week we learned that more than 200 coal-based generating units, enough to power the State of Ohio, are being forced to shut down because of EPA regulations. This is devastating for communities, but for the EPA it’s ‘business as usual’.
“It is disappointing that President Obama threatened to veto this critical legislation which would provide for more balanced regulations and ensure a future for coal. Communities around the country are grateful for the bipartisan leadership shown by the House of Representatives on this issue.”
The American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity (ACCCE) is a non-profit, non-partisan partnership of companies involved in producing electricity from coal. ACCCE supports energy policies that balance coal’s vital role in meeting our country’s growing need for affordable and reliable electricity with the need to protect the environment. ACCCE also advocates for the development and deployment of advanced clean coal technologies that will produce electricity with near-zero emissions. For more information, visit www.cleancoalusa.org or www.americaspower.org.