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Senator Blunt Blasts Obama Administration’s War On Coal

Blunt: Plan Would Raise Electricity Costs For Families In Missouri, Nationwide

June 25, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In response to President Barack Obama’s speech today on climate change, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) spoke at the Republican Leadership Stakeout and expressed his continued concerns regarding the Obama Administration’s proposed regulations on coal, which would increase electricity costs for families and job creators in Missouri and across America.

“This plan contradicts President Obama’s 2012 campaign rhetoric, when he claimed to support an ‘all-of-the-above’ energy strategy. Now the Obama administration is admittedly waging a ‘war on coal,’ which will hurt families and job creators in states like Missouri that rely heavily on coal for accessible and affordable power,” said Blunt.

“More American energy means more American jobs. Unfortunately, the president continues to block and delay the job-creating Keystone XL Pipeline, and now he’s proposing a plan that will lead to higher energy costs that further stall economic development,” Blunt concluded.

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), coal provides more than 80 percent of Missouri’s power, and the state has the 17th-lowest electricity prices in the nation.

Blunt cosponsored bipartisan legislation – which was introduced by U.S. Senator John Hoeven (N.D.) and is cosponsored by 44 Senators – to authorize the construction and operation of the Keystone XL Pipeline. The Keystone XL Pipeline would create an estimated 20,000 jobs.

On May 20, 2013, Blunt joined his Missouri Republican colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives in sending a letter to President Obama expressing their concerns regarding the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) plan to establish unprecedented Greenhouse Gas (GHG) New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) for power plants. To read the letter, click here.

Click here to watch Senator Blunt's remarks.

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