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January 22, 2014

NMA President Speaks Out On EPA Climate Rules

From The National Journal's Energy Experts blog

President and CEO of the National Mining Association, Hal Quinn, responded to this week’s National Journal question: EPA Climate Rules: Too Much, Too Little, or Just Right?

In his post, Quinn points out that the current regulations are doing too much that will damage the economy and create further unemployment, and too little to achieve any significant environmental improvement that will be remotely commensurate with the costs. Quinn states, "As proposed, EPA’s greenhouse gas rule for power plants effectively bans new coal-based capacity. That means EPA is willing to remove from the nation’s power generation portfolio an energy source that supplies more electricity than any other fuel. This proposal, one that is likely to have far-reaching economic implications, is based on an emissions standard so flawed that it has even raised serious doubts within the administration."

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