McConnell Fears an ‘Elitist War on Coal’

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) accused the Obama administration Wednesday of waging an “elitist war on coal.”

McConnell: “The Obama Administration’s extreme regulations would hammer existing coal facilities too, taking the ax to even more American coal jobs in the midst of an awful economy.”

The Hill: McConnell “asked consent to consider at least five Republican energy amendments to the energy efficiency bill before the Senate Wednesday, one of which would block the administration’s carbon emissions limits on coal-fired power plants.”

Huffington Post: “The bill is about as non-controversial as you get in Washington. It includes incentives, opportunities, and funding to improve energy efficiency in commercial buildings, houses, and appliances, but no mandatory standards. Still, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy has estimated it will spur the creation of 190,000 jobs, save the country $16.2 billion a year on energy bills by 2030, and reduce planet-warming greenhouse gases.”

“The bill has broad support. The American Chemistry Council, the American Gas Association, and the Earth Day Network all signed a letter supporting it last month.”

“Still, the legislation appears headed for demise.”

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