Rep. Kelly Responds to President Obama’s Climate Change Speech

Jun 25, 2013 Issues: Economy and Jobs, Energy

Rep. Kelly: “This administration continues to display a tone deafness that is beyond frustrating”

WASHINGTON — Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) issued the following statement today in response to a public address on climate change by President Obama at Georgetown University in which the president described new initiatives to cut carbon emissions, in large part by reducing the nationwide usage of coal.

“When it comes to the issues that Americans are deeply concerned about, this administration continues to display a tone deafness that is beyond frustrating. With so many Americans still out of work, in poverty, and still waiting for the economic recovery they’ve been promised for so long, it is sad but not surprising to see the president take time to champion not new jobs but new laws that would kill jobs and make energy more expensive for families nationwide.

“In spite of serious, ongoing crises in trouble spots around the world, President Obama recently flew abroad to name climate change, of all things, the ‘global threat of our time.’ Despite the thousands of jobs that the Keystone XL pipeline is guaranteed to create and the vast public support it enjoys, the president refuses to approve it. Despite the hundreds of thousands of jobs derived from our nation’s coal industry – including more than 40,000 jobs in Pennsylvania – and the affordable energy it provides our communities, the White House’s climate advisor has shockingly declared that ‘a war on coal is exactly what’s needed.’

“Whenever discussing his energy policies, the president likes to talk about ‘all of the above’ but he directly undermines all that’s below by waging such a thoughtless, ideological crusade against coal, a natural resource that’s abundant, affordable, and accessible. New research even shows that his policies would cause a family of four to see their annual income drop by more than $1,400 and force electricity prices to skyrocket by 20 percent over the next 20 years. Simply put, a war against coal is a war against hardworking Americans everywhere, and it’s a war this nation cannot afford.

“Just this past weekend, even the president’s former car czar admitted that there is ‘no question’ that new laws to combat climate change will require a ‘trade-off’ with much-needed economic growth. Frankly, this is a ‘trade-off’ that I refuse to entertain. Instead, my colleagues and I in the House have stayed focused on working to create jobs, increase wages, restore government accountability, and deliver the economic security that families in Western Pennsylvania and across the nation need and deserve.”