WASHINGTON, D.C. – Virginia 9th District Congressman Morgan Griffith on Friday blasted the Obama administration’s new source performance standards for new coal-fired power plants.
The Republican congressman, representing a district with areas where coal is important to local and regional economies, said current federal policies, “let alone the regulation announced today, are devastating the economy of the 9th District of Virginia. Each week, our region must absorb the devastating impacts of the administration’s war on coal. This assault, though targeting the coal industry, affects us all. It’s not just those working in the coalfields that suffer. Also suffering are industries that rely on coal mines.”
Griffith said the latest proposed carbon limit rules proffered by the Environmental Protection Agency would require new coal-fired power plants to use technologies “that are not yet available in the marketplace,” but would help fulfill one of President Obama’s promises from his 2008 campaign to “send our electric rates sky high.”
The president “also admitted in 2008 that the cost of these policies will be passed on to consumers,” Griffith said. “We all know who those people are. Those ‘consumers’ are hard working, middle class Americans.”
Griffith said he “strongly” urges the president and EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy “to declare a cease-fire in the war on coal and stop the regulatory assault on America’s power sector, related businesses and hard working American people.”