Thursday, September 26, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – During a press conference today, Congresswoman Jackie Walorski (IN-02) joined lawmakers to discuss the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) recently proposed greenhouse gas standards for new fossil fuel-fired power plants and the impact these regulations will have on electricity consumers and the economy.

“Nearly 90 percent of Indiana’s electricity is generated by coal, and Hoosier families will be hard-hit if the EPA enforces these unreasonable standards,” said Walorski, a member of the Congressional Coal Caucus. “This Administration’s war on coal stunts job growth and makes it even more difficult for Americans to pay their bills and make ends meet. As the EPA continues to unroll its anti-coal agenda, I am deeply concerned energy prices will skyrocket. I urge the White House to explore commonsense policies to protect the environment while fostering energy dependence at home.”

Last month, in her continued efforts to keep energy prices low and support the production of fossil fuels, Walorski supported a bipartisan, House-passed amendment to prevent the White House from enacting a carbon tax without congressional approval.

In the coming weeks, Walorski plans to send a letter to the EPA requesting an extension of the comment period for the proposed rule in order to provide ample time for stakeholders to share their concerns and opinions.


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