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October 20, 2014

McConnell Fears an ‘Elitist War on Coal’

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) accused the Obama administration Wednesday of waging an “elitist war on coal.”

McConnell: “The Obama Administration’s extreme regulations would hammer existing coal facilities too, taking the ax to even more American coal jobs in the midst of an awful economy.”

The Hill: McConnell “asked consent to consider at least five Republican energy amendments to the energy efficiency bill before the Senate Wednesday, one of which would block the administration’s carbon emissions limits on coal-fired power plants.”

Huffington Post: “The bill is about as non-controversial as you get in Washington. It includes incentives, opportunities, and funding to improve energy efficiency in commercial buildings, houses, and appliances, but no mandatory standards. Still, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy has estimated it will spur the creation of 190,000 jobs, save the country $16.2 billion a year on energy bills by 2030, and reduce planet-warming greenhouse gases.”

“The bill has broad support. The American Chemistry Council, the American Gas Association, and the Earth Day Network all signed a letter supporting it last month.”

“Still, the legislation appears headed for demise.”

  • 66kicks

    McConnell is either conveniently ignoring or ignorant of the real reason why coal-powered electricity generation is on the decline: thanks to fracking and other new technology, natural gas is now dirt cheap and more efficient than coal to boot.

  • moderatesunite

    these sorts of unconnected amendments designed to kill legislation with wide support is but one sign of how congress is broken. McConell should be ashamed, and his opponents should use this against him

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