EPA Chief confirms “War on Coal”

EPA Chief agrees with liberal talk show host Bill Maher that the Obama administration is waging a war on coal.

The worst kept secret is out. Last week, on Friday the 13th, the nation’s top official with the Environmental Protection Agency confirmed the obvious.

During an interview with liberal talk show host Bill Maher, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy did not dispute President Obama's administration is waging a “war on coal”.

Maher referenced the EPA’s new “clean power program" and asked McCarthy, “Some people called it a war on coal. I hope it is a war on coal. Is it?”

McCarthy responded, “Actually EPA is all about fighting against pollution and fighting for public health. That’s exactly what this is.”

"Oh, great," Maher said to applause.

"Exactly," the EPA chief said.

Here is video of the exchange.



Click here to watch the entire segment on Real Time with Bill Maher

Senate Minority leader Mitch McConnell condemned the comments yesterday on the Senate floor.

“Why does Administrator McCarthy have the time to appear on HBO, but not to appear on WYMT-TV in Hazard, so she can explain her War on Coal to the people it is most directly affecting?

“Why does she have time to sit down with a TV comedian, but not with the editors of the Appalachian News Express in Pikeville, so she can look my constituents in the eye and explain how these rules will impact them?


WYMT has verbally requested an interview with EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy to discuss the agency’s new “clean power” program and its impact on Kentucky’s coal industry. We will follow up on that phone call with a written request.


The loss of more than seven thousand coal related jobs in the last two years is fueling a heated debate in the race for Kentucky’s U-S Senate seat. 


When asked about McCarthy’s comments, Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes issued this response to WYMT.

 "This is precisely the heavy-handed, dismissive attitude of the Obama administration and the EPA leadership that I have objected to so strongly.  Instead of investing in making clean-coal technology more affordable and taking a balanced approach to combating climate change, they want to simply discard a bountiful American energy resource.  That is absolutely wrong, it is harmful to Kentucky and to America, and I will fight such attitudes relentlessly in the Senate."

Coal still produces nearly 40% of the nation’s electricity. The Heritage Foundation, a conservative based think tank, suggest the “anti-coal” polices will destroy more than 500,000 jobs and slash the income of a family of four by more than $1,400 a year. On top of that, the price of electricity will increase at least 20 percent, making it even more difficult for families to make ends meet. Those spikes could be even higher in states that depend heavily on coal-fired power plants.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Manufacturers oppose the EPA’s proposals, arguing the policies will boost electricity prices and raise the cost of doing business.

Here are links to some articles of interest.

As Governors Warn EPA to Stop Carbon Regulations, Agency Chief Pitches Plan to Bill Maher – U.S. Chamber of Commerce


Assessing the Impact of Proposed New Carbon Regulations in the United States – U.S. Chamber of Commerce


3 Charts Show How Unpopular EPA Carbon Regulations are in Coal States – U.S. Chamber of Commerce


See the impact of the EPA regulations on your state and congressional district – The Heritage Foundation


Everything you need to know about the EPA’s proposed rule on coal plants – The Washington Post


The EPA is right and the US Chamber of Commerce is wrong on climate change


Click here to read the EPA Clean Power Plan and leave your comments for officials.


How do you feel about the EPA’s new “clean power” plan? Let me know your thoughts.


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