Obama greenhouse gas regulatory agenda will have negative effect on Virginia

By Lynn R. Mitchell

The Partnership for a Better Energy Future released the following statement Tuesday night:

Below is a statement from former Virginia Secretary of Natural Resources Doug Domenech regarding Tuesday night’s Virginia U.S. Senate debate and the potential negative effect the Obama Administration’s greenhouse gas regulatory agenda will have on the Commonwealth:

“Virginians across the Commonwealth are glad to hear that greenhouse gases are being discussed by our U.S. Senate candidates,” said Doug Domenech, former Virginia Secretary of Natural Resources. “The EPA’s proposed regulations can’t be met without forcing substantial strain on the energy sector.  The result will be so severe that Virginia’s economy and job outlook will be seriously impacted. The cost to light and heat our homes will go up, as will the cost to drive our cars and trucks.  Our next U.S. Senator must take this issue seriously and work to stop the EPA’s job killing energy policy.”

EPA’s Regulation to Hurt Coal-Fired Plants
The EPA is currently proposing a new rule aimed at Virginia’s (and every other state in the country’s) coal plants. This new rule could reduce greenhouse gas/ carbon dioxide emissions from existing coal plants by 30 percent by 2030, using 2005 levels.

In addition to a recent article from the Washington Post about the proposal, the Institute for Energy Research recently said that, “It is clear from the data that fossil fuels will continue to be used and that President Obama’s example will do nothing more but hurt the welfare of Americans, while doing nothing to change the temperature or the climate.”

And, because of this proposal, the Heritage Foundation said that, “Congress should prohibit the EPA and all other agencies from regulating [greenhouse gasses] emissions and instead work to remove regulatory impediments that prevent industries from making efficiency upgrades.”

About the Partnership for a Better Energy Future
The Partnership for a Better Energy Future is leading the business and industrial community in support of a unified strategy and message in response to the Administration’s GHG regulatory agenda. The Partnership’s fundamental mission is to ensure the continued availability of reliable and affordable energy for American families and businesses. PBEF represents over 80 percent of the U.S. economy and is comprised of more than 150 organizations. The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce are co-chairs of this coalition that serves as the leading voice in support of a unified strategy and message in response to the Obama Administration’s greenhouse gas regulatory agenda. Visit the Partnership for a Better Energy Future’s website here, or follow on Twitter and Facebook.

About Doug Domenech
A native of Puerto Rico, Mr. Domenech was appointed by former Governor Bob McDonnell to serve as Secretary of Natural Resources for the Commonwealth. He previously served as Deputy Chief of Staff at the U.S. Department of the Interior, and was a George W. Bush Administration appointee working on political policy for Puerto Rico.

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