Ohio Coal Companies: EPA is going to destroy us

Mike Carey, president of the Ohio Coal Association

Most Americans probably missed watching an important hearing on the job-killing EPA that took place on July 26, 2011.

The hearing was held by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. It was appropriately titled “Lights Out: How EPA Regulations Threaten Affordable Power.”

One of the panelists at the hearing was Mike Carey, president of the Ohio Coal Association.

Carey issued dire warnings to the committee members on the destructive regulations being imposed on the coal industry by Obama’s EPA.

Carey noted that the coal companies his organization represents directly employs more than 3,000 persons in Ohio, and more than 30,000 secondary jobs that depend on the coal industry.

According to Carey:

“The current Administration is using EPA and other agencies to stop the use of affordable energy at every turn. Their actions are leaving investment dollars on the sidelines due to uncertainty. They have ground the permit process to a halt. New regulations on power plants are making it costly and impractical to burn coal to provide electricity. It’s all-out effort to stop the ability to access coal, and where they can’t do that with a straight face, they will look to eliminate all of our customers. Apparently EPA believes they can control the laws of both supply and demand, all to the detriment of our economy.”

Mike Carey’s warning should be heeded by policy-makers in Washington, D.C. The EPA is out of control and is run by an environmentalist extremist who is determined to destroy the coal industry — an industry that supplies one of the most cost effective forms of energy in America.


The full video of the testimony is below.

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