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West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie Tennant says, “I will stand up to President Obama, Gina McCarthy, and anyone else who tries to undermine our coal jobs. Washington bureaucrats need to understand, these are not numbers on a balance sheet, they are real people with families to feed. I refuse to accept that we have to choose between clean air and good-paying jobs when I know West Virginia can lead the way in producing technology that does both.”

U. S. Representative Nick Rahall announced that he will introduce legislation to stop the new regulations. He says, “There is a right way and a wrong way of doing things, and the Obama Administration has got it wrong once again. This new regulation threatens our economy and does so with an apparent disregard for the livelihoods of our coal miners and thousands of families throughout West Virginia.” This legislation will terminate this new rule for existing power plants as well as a rule addressing future power plants. The bill will also attempt to prevent the issuance of any similar rules for at least the next 5 years.

James Kotcon of the West Virginia Sierra Club has a different view of the new rule. He says, "The new safeguards not only protect our health and communities, but they will spur innovation and strengthen our economy. By transitioning to clean energy sources like energy efficiency, we’ll create thousands of new jobs and millions of dollars in new investment right here in West Virginia. Cutting pollution that harms our communities will also save billions of dollars in health costs, infrastructure repair, and disaster recovery costs.

U. S. Rep Shelley Moore Capito says, "This new rule will have catastrophic consequences for our economy, our coal families and our communities. This morning I was talking to coal miners and the wives of coal miners in Danville about the deep and personal struggles that have resulted from the War on Coal already, let alone from these new devastating regulations."

U. S. Senator Joe Manchin says, “Fossil fuel energy is vital to our nation’s economy and security. It will be a resource that our country depends on as we move forward - the Energy Information Association estimates that around 80 percent of our electricity will still come from fossil fuels more than twenty years from now. We must lead the world toward the time when fossil fuels burn cleaner until they can eventually provide minimal or no emissions at all. The world consumes more than 8 billion tons of coal per year, while the U.S. and Europe each burn less than one billion tons per year. The U.S. has already been a leader in proving to the world that we can produce coal cleaner today. Utilities and their providers have already reduced carbon emissions by 23 percent compared to 2005 levels, and are projected to reduce carbon emissions by an additional 15 percent by 2020. With the right policies and the right coordination between the public and private sectors, we can go much further."

West Virginia Chamber of Commerce President Steven Roberts says, “The Obama Administration seems incapable of changing course to create jobs, speed the slowest economic recovery since World War II and help strengthen families. A government of regulatory nightmares, more opportunity for lawsuits, less productivity and more emphasis on bigger government with more people dependent upon public assistance seems to describe the last 5 ½ years under the Obama vision for America.”

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy says, "Climate change, fueled by carbon pollution, supercharges risks to our health, our economy, and our way of life. EPA is delivering on a vital piece of President Obama's Climate Action Plan by proposing a Clean Power Plan that will cut harmful carbon pollution from our largest source--power plants."

Barry DuVal, President and CEO of the Virginia Chamber of Commerce, says, "The proposed emissions targets cannot realistically be met without forcing substantial closures of existing plants and taking major energy options off the table in the U.S. The resulting impacts on Virginia jobs and the economy could be devastating. In addition, the EPA's regulations will cause substantial reliability concerns and will ensure higher electricity prices, resulting in a heavy toll on the economy, manufacturing, small businesses and families."


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