Solution to climate change shouldn't affect 'ravaged' Kentucky coal industry, Grimes says

09/24/2013 07:57 PM

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s newly proposed standards for coal-fired power plants go too far by requiring future coal-fired power plants to invest in expensive unproven technology, said Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes.

Grimes firmly disagreed with U.S. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, who when announcing the regulations last week, said the technology already is beginning to be put into use that can effectively cut in half the greenhouse gasses allowed to be given off by coal power plants.

“It doesn’t begin by requiring Kentucky to invest in technology that hasn’t been proven and demonstrated and is harsher than technology that is currently out there for other industries. There are 15,000 jobs at stake here in the commonwealth of Kentucky, and I am going to stand up and fight for what keeps the lights on here in the state of Kentucky and that is our coal industry,” Grimes said.

Grimes went on to say she believes lawmakers and regulators can find “common sense solutions” that help protect the environment without devastating an industry as she feels these new regulations do.

“We need to work together and the regulations that have come out all but prevent new coal fired plants from actually being constructed, and I have called upon the President and our leaders in Frankfort to quit passing out of touch Washington regulations that are hurting Kentuckians,” Grimes said.

On this issue, Grimes and Republican U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell have both criticized the EPA and President Barack Obama’s administration.

McCarthy, the EPA administrator, said Friday in Washington that the regulations aimed at future coal and natural gas power plants were aimed at making sure facilities that could operate for the remainder of the 21st century were built to be as clean as possible. And she flatly denied that the regulations will wipe out the coal industry, saying that the technology to meet the proposed standards exists now. Here’s what she said, courtesy of CSPAN:


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