McConnell says EPA has declared war on Ky. coal; gives progress on debt talks

06/01/2011 04:07 PM

U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell told coal operators in Lexington Wednesday that the Environmental Protection Agency has declared war on the Kentucky coal industry by pushing for regulations to crack down on greenhouse gasses.

McConnell said those regulations and the threats of more “red tape” will lead to higher electricity prices for Kentuckians.

McConnell said last week’s request by utilities LG&E and Kentucky Utilities to raise electricity rates is a direct result of the EPA’s actions.

He said his answer to those rising prices and energy concerns is to roll back regulations and increase drilling offshore for oil and gas.

McConnell also gave a broad overview of the ongoing talks in Washington over the nation’s debt and federal spending:

- Video by Greg Pursifull

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