Senator Blunt Statement on President Obama’s Latest Attack on Affordable American Energy
U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) released the following statement today blasting the Obama administration’s announcement that it is establishing a temporary moratorium on new leases for coal mined on federal land.
“The Obama administration is once again taking aim at one of our most abundant and lowest cost energy sources, at the expense of Missouri families and small businesses,” Blunt said. “The administration’s regulatory assault on coal-fired energy has put thousands of Americans out of work, and threatens to double utility costs for Missouri families by 2020. This latest action will further undermine economic growth, raise costs on the most vulnerable Americans, and take away resources that would otherwise be used to strengthen our nation.”
In November of last year, Blunt cosponsored two Senate-passed resolutions that would have stopped the president’s so-called ‘Clean Power Plan,’ which places costly, burdensome regulations on new and existing power plants. Missourians have historically relied on coal to power over 80 percent of our electricity and, as a result, enjoyed below average electricity rates in 2012. A study by Energy Venture Analysis on the effects of the CPP, as proposed, combined with several recent EPA power plant regulations, found that Missourians’ annual electric and gas utility bills would cost around $1,000 more in 2020 as compared to 2012 – almost a 50 percent increase.
Blunt continued, “President Obama has consistently put his own political agenda ahead of hardworking families – whether it’s rejecting the Keystone pipeline or imposing billions in new regulations on our economy - and this is more of the same. We ought to be doing everything we can to use more American energy to lower costs and create jobs. I will continue fighting to protect Missouri families from the fallout of the president’s disastrous energy policies.”