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Republican Party of Kentucky Comment On Rep. Yarmuth Endorsing Anti-Coal Hillary Clinton

 
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November 19, 2015

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November 19, 2015
CONTACT: Mike Biagi,  Executive Director, (502) 875-5130

Republican Party of Kentucky Comment On Rep. Yarmuth Endorsing Anti-Coal Hillary Clinton

The Republican Party of Kentucky’s Executive Director Mike Biagi made the following statement regarding Congressman John Yarmuth’s endorsement of Hillary Clinton for president:

“Hillary Clinton has made it a priority of hers to continue and build on President Obama’s war on coal. The EPA agenda supported by Clinton is crippling the way of life for hard working Kentuckians. Congressman Yarmuth’s endorsement of Clinton is a full embrace of her out of touch policies that will hurt our local economy and drive up the cost of living.”

BACKGROUND:
Clinton Has Vowed To Defend And “Build On” Obama’s New Clean Power Plan If Elected President, Calling It A “Significant Step Forward.” “Democratic front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton pledged Sunday that if elected she will build on a new White House clean energy program and defend it against those she called ‘Republican doubters and defeatists.’ Clinton was the first 2016 candidate to respond to the ambitious plan that President Obama will debut on Monday. Details of the program, which aims to cut greenhouse-gas pollution, were released over the weekend. The new regulation will require every state to reduce emissions from coal-burning power plants. In a statement Sunday, Clinton called the plan ‘a significant step forward in meeting the urgent threat of climate change.’” (Anne Gearan, “Hillary Clinton Promises To Build On Obama Climate Plan As President,” The Washington Post, 8/2/15)

  •  “Clinton Called The Plan ‘The Floor, Not The Ceiling,’ And Said She Would Go Further.”(Anne Gearan, “Hillary Clinton Promises To Build On Obama Climate Plan As President,” The Washington Post, 8/2/15)
  • Clinton: “I Fully Support” Obama’s EPA Regulations. CLINTON: “So part of what President Obama is doing, and I fully support it, is making it clear that the United States is going to act. We’ve done work on mileage, now with the EPA rules on coal-fired plants, and a very creative American solution, having different states figure out what they can do to try to lower their coal-fired emissions. But then the Supreme Court just agreed that the government has the authority to regulate carbon.” (Hillary Clinton, Remarks At The Aspen Ideas Festival , Aspen, CO, 6/30/14)

Obama’s Plan To Crack Down On Emissions Is “Unprecedented” And “Controversial.” “In finalizing the unprecedented pollution controls, Obama was installing the core of his ambitious and controversial plan to drastically reduce overall U.S. emissions, as he works to secure a legacy on fighting global warming. Yet it will be up to Obama’s successor to implement his plan, which reverberated across the 2016 presidential campaign trail.” (Josh Lederman, “Obama Orders Steeper Greenhouse Gas Cuts From U.S. Power Plants,” The Associated Press, 8/2/15)

  • Obama’s Climate Plan Would Drastically Cut Carbon Produced By American Power Plants By 32 Percent By 2030. “The new plan sets a goal of cutting carbon pollution from power plants by 32 percent by 2030, compared with 2005 levels. It would reward states and utility companies that move quickly to expand their investment in solar and wind power.” (Anne Gearan, “Hillary Clinton Promises To Build On Obama Climate Plan As President,” The Washington Post, 8/2/15)

“The Obama Administration Estimated The Emissions Limits Will Cost $8.4 Billion Annually By 2030.” (Josh Lederman, “Obama Orders Steeper Greenhouse Gas Cuts From U.S. Power Plants,” The Associated Press, 8/2/15)

  • Industry Experts Say That The Regulations “Will Require Billions Of Dollars In New Investments.” “Industry experts say cutting carbon emissions 32% by 2030 will require billions of dollars in investments for new transmission lines that accommodate more solar and wind power and new pipelines to feed natural-gas-fired power plants, as coal becomes less important as a fuel.” (Amy Harder, Colleen McCain Nelson and Rebecca Smith, “Obama’s New Climate-Change Regulations To Alter, Challenge Industry,” The Wall Street Journal, 8/2/15)

The Associated Press: Losers Of The New Regulations: “Your Power Bill.” “LOSERS: —YOUR POWER BILL … Although the administration predicts the plan will actually lower the average U.S. energy bill by almost $85 in 2030, companies that produce and distribute electricity aren’t buying it. The savings come largely from increased use of wind, power and hydro plants, which operate at a cost of close to zero after they’re installed but cost a lot to get up and running. The administration is also counting on people’s power bills going because they’ll simply use less power as a result of efficiency measures. The National Association of Manufacturers, the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity, the National Mining Association, the American Energy Alliance and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association all predicted the rule would drive electricity bills up.” (“Winners And Losers Under Obama’s Stricter Power Plant Limits,” The Associated Press, 8/3/15)

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Hillary Clinton has made it a priority of hers to continue and build on President Obama’s war on coal. The EPA agenda supported by Clinton is crippling the way of life for hard working Kentuckians. Congressman Yarmuth’s endorsement of Clinton is a full embrace of her out of touch policies that will hurt our local economy and drive up the cost of living.” Mike Biagi, Executive Director

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