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Representative Ed Whitfield

Representing the 1st District of Kentucky

Whitfield Takes to the Steps of the U.S. Capitol to Gather Nationwide Support for Affordable Energy

Sep 26, 2013
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield (KY-01), Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Energy and Power, today hosted a press conference on the steps of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. to push back against the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) recently proposed greenhouse gas standards for new power plants.  Whitfield believes these standards will have a negative impact on electricity consumers, the economy and the Kentucky coal industry.

“President Obama and his EPA have once again moved forward with an extreme regulation that makes it illegal to build a coal-fired electricity plant in America,” stated Whitfield. “This move is another attempt to bankrupt the coal industry to fulfill a campaign promise to radical environmentalists.  As Chairman of the Energy and Power Subcommittee, I, along with other Republicans and Democrats in the United States Congress, will take every step possible to prevent this regulation from taking effect.  We simply cannot afford to place America at an economic disadvantage, particularly when CO2 energy-related emissions are at their lowest levels in 20 years.”

Whitfield was joined by 27 pro-coal House and Senate members from across the country who are also concerned with the effect that EPA’s regulations will have on the economy and job creation.  Combined, the members in attendance represent approximately 16.2 million people across the country.

Representatives from Kentucky include Senators Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul and Representatives Hal Rogers (KY-05), Brett Guthrie (KY-02), Thomas Massie (KY-04) and Andy Barr (KY-06).