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Rahall Joins Bipartisan Group of Lawmakers in Slamming New EPA Regulations
Washington, DC – On the grounds of the U.S. Capitol this morning, U.S. Rep. Nick J. Rahall voiced his strenuous opposition to new EPA rules that will effectively prevent the construction of new coal-fired power plants, labeling the regulations as “shortsighted, ill-conceived and illogical”. Rahall was joined by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, U.S. Representatives Ed Whitfield, Hal Rogers, Shelly Moore Capito and other lawmakers from coal-producing states in denouncing these regulations and warning of their harmful economic consequences.
“This Administration cannot continue to boast of an ‘all of the above’ energy strategy, while its EPA works to undo one of those key energy sources -- abundant, affordable domestic coal,” said Rahall. “You can’t retool America’s energy sector overnight without threatening our economy and our security.” A YouTube video of today’s news conference can be viewed here:
“Coal is important to my State,” Rahall continued. “It is important to coal communities and coal miners, and to American families and businesses – both Democrats and Republicans. And in that vein, I am glad to stand here today with my colleagues from both sides of the aisle to jointly voice our adamant opposition to the EPA’s unfair, unwise proposed new rule.”
Rahall joined Representative David McKinley in introducing a Resolution of Disapproval last night targeted at the newly proposed EPA rule. Such legislative measures prevent implementation of new regulations. Rahall is a cosponsor of H.R. 2127, a bill that would prevent the EPA from finalizing any regulation imposing a cap on carbon dioxide emissions from new coal-fired plants until such time as new emissions capture and storage technologies are widely available. On Friday, Rahall also introduced a Resolution that expresses the opposition of Congress to the EPA’s new regulations.