Jobs and the Future of American Energy

On May 9, sixteen Republican Attorneys General fought back against the EPA’s proposed rule to restrict the emissions of new power facilities under Section 111 of the Clean Air Act and, thereby, reducing the diversity of potential power sources. Authored by Republican Attorneys General Patrick Morrisey (WV) and Jon Bruning (NE), the letter asserts, “States have a unique role in facilitating and ensuring affordable and reliable electric service while encouraging robust economic policy and responsible environmental protection. The current proposal upsets this careful balance by preventing the States from utilizing vital resources to supply the future energy needs of their citizens.” The full letter regarding the “New Source Rule” may be viewed by clicking here.

Additionally, in November 2013, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt testified before Congress about his objections to the New Source Rule. His testimony, in part, stated: “The elimination of coal-based electric generation – which according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration is projected to provide 40 percent of U.S. electricity in 2014 – would result in higher electricity prices for ratepayers, and would be detrimental to the national and state economies, as well as job-creation in general. No doubt, increased electricity prices will hurt the competitiveness of American manufacturing.” For the full testimony, please click here.

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