White House Under Scrutiny By Congress and Courts

By NMA, Special for  USDR.

This week, two co-equal branches of our government − Congress and the courts − will be eyeing administration policies sure to increase energy costs and separate more Americans from their  jobs.

Today, the House Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power heard testimony on Chairman Ed Whitfield’s (R-Ky.) proposed Ratepayer Protection Act. “The legislation will empower governors to protect their states and spare their citizens from the risky and costly energy future proposed under the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) carbon dioxide regulations for power plants,” National Mining Association President and CEO Hal Quinn  said.

On Thursday, April 16, the United States Court of Appeals in Washington will hear arguments in a case brought by Murray Energy Corporation and 15 states challenging EPA’s authority to adopt the agency’s costly power plan  rules.

“This important case will decide whether the Clean Air Act means what it says,” Quinn said. “EPA’s prior actions to regulate different power plant emissions under another provision of the law now precludes it from burdening these same sources with the weight of more risky and costly mandates that yield no material  benefit.”

Quinn observed that with the court hearing arguments on the same day that EPA’s earlier power plant rules take effect: “Electricity consumers and coal communities can only hope the court gives EPA’s latest proposal an early termination  date.”

According to data from the Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration, almost 28,000 coal miners have lost their jobs since EPA issued its power plant rules in December 2011. With each coal mining job supporting at least four additional jobs, nearly 140,000 high wage jobs have been eliminated through the administration’s policies during the past three years  alone.

The National Mining Association (NMA) is the voice of the American mining industry in Washington, D.C. Membership includes more than 325 corporations involved in all aspects of coal and solid minerals production including coal, metal and industrial mineral producers, mineral processors, equipment manufacturers, state mining associations, bulk transporters, engineering firms, consultants, financial institutions and other companies that supply goods and services to the mining  industry.

SOURCE National Mining  Association

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