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Saturday, November 16, 2013

Joe Manchin says EPA coal regulations 'devoid of common sense' -- By Ashe Schow, The Washington Examiner

Photo - Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., said Thursday that the Environmental Protection Agency's latest coal regulations are "devoid of common sense" and would take America "way off course from a future of abundant, affordable, clean energy." (AP Photo/Tyler Evert)Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., said Thursday that the Environmental Protection Agency’s latest coal regulations are “devoid of common sense” and would take America “way off course from a future of abundant, affordable, clean energy.”

Manchin, testifying before the House Energy and Commerce Committee's Subcommittee on Energy and Power in support of his bill to rein in the EPA's regulatory enthusiasm, said the EPA should support an “all-of-the-above” energy plan, like President Obama has promised.

“We need a diverse energy portfolio — a true ‘all-of-the-above’ mix of natural gas, nuclear, renewables, oil and coal,” Manchin said. “Unfortunately, the Environmental Protection Agency has chosen a regulatory path devoid of common sense that will take us way off course from a future of abundant, affordable, clean energy.”

The bipartisan Whitfield-Manchin draft bill was introduced in the Senate by Manchin and in the House by Rep. Ed Whitfield, R-Ky., in late October. The draft bill, which has the support of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, would block the EPA's proposed New Source Performance Standards -- the rule that would essentially ban new coal-fired power plants from being built.

The NSPS requires coal plants to use expensive carbon capture and storage technology to limit greenhouse gas emissions, but the technology has never been demonstrated on a commercial scale.

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