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EPA Regulations will set the U.S. back to burning candles and cooking over open fires. Forget A.C.!

August 5, 2011

The EPA has launched a new set of proposed regulations that would cost the coal industry roughly $18 billion a year to adapt to new regulations. The EPA’s proposed Transport Rule and its Maximum Achievable Control Technology (MACT) would greatly change how the coal industry works. The MACT rule would require that Coal-fired power plants install new “scrubbing” technology that would cut down on the emissions released from burning.

In a study conducted by the National Economic Research Associates (NERA) and sponsored by the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity (ACCCE), found that the EPA’s proposed regulations would lead to a net job loss of 1.4 million jobs nationwide and a potential increase in electrical prices by as much as 23%. NERA’s study was based using the government’s own data and shows that many coal power plants would be likely shutdown rather than simply upgrading them due to the costs of these proposed regulations.

In certain state such as Ohio, the new rules would kill off local jobs and increase local rates. According to Energy for Ohio Jobs, Ohio would stand to lose 53,000 jobs and see rates jump by as much as 12.9% under the new rules. With Ohio still flirting with 10% unemployment and a potential budget deficit, many wonder why these rules are being forced upon energy providers. Energy for Ohio Jobs has a petition that visitors can sign to support job creation and fight against job-killing policies.

ACCCE has taken to the road with a mobile classroom to teach Americans about the value of clean coal technology. This mobile classroom seeks to educate people around the nation on the issue at hand. Currently the ACCCE Mobile Classroom is located in Columbus, Ohio at the Ohio State Fair near gate 1. After the fair ends on Sunday, ACCCE plans to continue their tour throughout the United States and continue to promote the economic benefits of clean coal technology.

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