Washington, D.C. — The American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity praises Senator Shelley Moore Capito for advancing the Affordable Reliable Energy Now Act which will provide stricter oversight of the Environmental Protection Agency. This morning’s Senate Environment and Public Works Committee’s Clean Air and Nuclear Safety Subcommittee markup of the legislation comes in the wake of EPA finalizing illegal and exorbitantly expensive carbon regulations.
“It’s encouraging to see senators stepping up to protect American households and businesses from EPA’s costly power plan that will all but ensure skyrocketing electricity prices,” said Mike Duncan, president and CEO of ACCCE. “If left unchecked, EPA’s carbon regulations will hit fixed and low-income families especially hard, forcing tough decisions about which bills to pay.”
The bill’s markup comes at the same time as a report from the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee detailing emails and other dialogue between EPA and the Natural Resources Defense Council regarding the Clean Power Plan. The report highlights collusion between special interest groups and the agency.
“As the origins of the President’s legacy building become clearer, we need greater oversight of the EPA now more than ever. This markup is the first step in advancing needed legislation to improve EPA’s accountability to Congress and the American public,” Duncan said.
The American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity is a partnership of the industries involved in producing electricity from coal. Coal, an abundant and affordable American energy resource, provides nearly 40 percent of our power. By 2017, the coal-based power industry will have invested more than $142 billion to develop technologies to use this critical resource more cleanly and efficiently than ever before.