U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp today released the below statement following the Obama Administration’s release of proposed regulations on new power plants:
The Administration’s decision is a direct attack on coal-fired power plants and detrimental to the future for coal as an energy resource. This Administration has repeatedly stated its energy policy as ‘all of the above,’ but continues to issue regulations that make it impossible to find a viable path forward for coal. This rule would have lasting, harmful impacts on North Dakotans – not just the coal industry, but nearly all consumers as coal provides almost 90 percent of our state’s electricity. Here are the facts: Coal is an abundant, affordable resource for generation of electricity. Sadly, the Administration won’t say that and instead chooses to choke the coal industry with unattainable regulations.
During the coming 60-day comment period, I plan to meet with the EPA Administrator to strongly explain how these regulations are completely unachievable based on current technology and are cost prohibitive. Whether or not this regulation becomes final, I have already started to work with other Senators on a legislative solution that stops pushing coal to the wayside, and instead seeks ways for coal to remain the valuable source of energy that it currently is.
We need a true all-of-the-above approach, which includes coal, wind, oil, biofuels, and natural gas – just as North Dakota is already doing. Instead of pursuing these unachievable regulations that put consumers and our country’s economy at a severe disadvantage, the Administration should work to help find a feasible path forward for coal by encouraging continued investments in new and existing clean coal technologies.