Rep. Kelly Condemns President Obama’s Unilateral EPA Action Against Coal

Jun 3, 2014

Rep. Kelly: New rules “unfair, unworkable, intolerable”

WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) – a member of the House Ways and Means Committee – issued the following statement today in opposition to the Obama administration’s decision to impose new restrictive regulations by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on the nation’s power plants.

“The war on coal is a war on Americans’ jobs and livelihoods. Yesterday, President Obama chose to continue his frontal attack on this vital U.S. energy sector. The decision cruelly and completely disregards the needs of workers, families, and seniors – in Western Pennsylvania and elsewhere – who will feel very real pain in their pocketbooks and electric bills as a result. As I said when these radical new regulations were first proposed, they are unfair, unworkable, and intolerable.

“It is extremely disappointing that this president continues to ignore the will of the American people, who persistently prioritize economic growth and job creation far above his harmful, narrow-minded environmental agenda. It is downright shameful that he has once again chosen to execute his own agenda through unilateral executive action without any approval or input by the people’s representatives in Congress. Such an intensely consequential decision deserves thoughtful deliberation, not scornful disregard for differing opinions.

“In Pennsylvania alone, coal provides us with 40,000 direct and indirect jobs and 40 percent of our electric power. It heats our homes while keeping the lights on and energy prices low for our families, friends, and neighbors. For these reasons, this issue hits very close to home. Unlike President Obama, I’ve taken countless opportunities to meet with the engineers and miners who work hard to give us the benefits of this abundant, affordable, and accessible treasure right beneath our feet. I believe a clean planet is important, of course, but I solidly stand with every hardworking American in Western Pennsylvania and beyond who rightly believes that their jobs and way of life should never be a trade-off for one politician’s selfish agenda.”

NOTE: Rep. Kelly is a member of the Congressional Coal Caucus. On October 29, 2013, he delivered a memorable address at the National Mining Association’s “Rally for American Energy Jobs” on the West Lawn of the United States Capitol which can be viewed here.