With the EPA proposing new emissions regulations on power plants, U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, a Republican from Wyoming, says the United States should be focusing on creating jobs, not spending billions to wage a war on coal.
He made the comments in a recent video released by his office. According to his representatives, the video addresses questions and comments Wyoming constituents have posed to the senator via Facebook, Twitter, emails, letters and calls to his office.
Enzi says the president's efforts to end coal production would affect all Americans. In Wyoming, he says that would trigger the loss of thousands of jobs and would ripple out into the rest of the country amounting to more job losses.
He says the Wall Street Journal recently reported that if every coal fired power plant in America was shut down and replaced with a non CO2 admitting power, that would make a difference of one-twentieth of a degree over the next 100 years. He says we need to increase coal research and make sure that the cheapest source of fuel for America is not eliminated.
If the price goes up on electricity, he says we will see more manufacturing overseas, not to mention people will pay more for air conditioning and electricity in their homes. He says even people who think their electric car does not pollute doesn’t realize from where the power comes.