The President of the United Mine Workers of America talks tough about EPA chief Lisa Jackson.
The President of the United Mine Workers of America says the regulation of carbon emissions from coal is not just an American issue.
“You have to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions throughout the world. You can’t just regulate them through the EPA of the United States,” Cecil Roberts said on Tuesday’s MetroNews Talkline.
Roberts says he thinks the federal Environmental Protection Agency is exceeding its authority with proposed new regulations for required greenhouse gas limits for all new coal fired power plants.
He says those limits will shut down the development of new plants since the levels cannot be reached without the help of carbon carbon technology. That technology is not yet widely available.
“Coal is the fastest growing energy source in the world and they’ve decided, at the EPA, well, we’re going to control what goes into the atmosphere worldwide by halting the construction of coal fired facilities in the United States,” Roberts said.
“It doesn’t work, for one thing, and, the second thing, it is just devastating for our economy.”
The EPA is now accepting comments on the proposed new emissions limits which, if finalized, would be 1,000 pounds of carbon dioxide per megawatt hour of power produced.
When they were released last week, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson said the regulations are necessary.
She said the following: “Right now, there are no limits to the amount of carbon pollution that future power plants will be able to put into our skies and the health and economic threats of a changing climate continue to grow.
But Roberts says Jackson’s EPA will kill the U.S. coal industry with the move.
“The Navy SEALs shot Osama bin Laden in Pakistan and Lisa Jackson shot us in Washington,” he said.