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Democratic congressman eviscerates new EPA coal regulation

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Rep. Nick Rahall, D-W.Va., said last Thursday that the Environmental Protection Agency's latest proposal to reduce carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants is “ill-conceived and illogical.”

Rahall, who wrote a blistering op-ed for Coal Valley News, reiterated the point that the EPA's new regulations would essentially ban new coal plants and further the “war on coal” meme.

“It is just the latest salvo in the EPA’s war on coal, a war I have unwaveringly soldiered against, and I will work tirelessly to prevent such an ill-conceived and illogical plan from moving forward,” Rahall said.

Rahall noted that the EPA's “wrong-headed policy” would increase energy bills, reduce energy reliability and cost jobs. He then blamed the EPA for

“This callous, ideologically driven EPA continues to be numb to the economic pain that its reckless regulations cause,” Rahall said.

Rahall, along with Rep. David McKinley, R-W.Va., joined forces to introduce a resolution of disapproval in the House to oppose the new EPA rule and prevent its implementation.

Rahall and McKinley also cosponsored a bill that would prevent the EPA from finalizing any rule in the future to reduce carbon emissions unless the technology the rule requires is “technologically and economically feasible.”

Rahall continued his rant by calling the new regulation “a complete and total dud.”

The new EPA proposal would limit emissions for new coal plants to 1,000 pounds of CO2 per megawatt hour for large plants and 1,100 pounds per megawatt hour for smaller coal plants. The average coal plant currently emits nearly 1,800 pounds of CO2.

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