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WVCA welcomes Regional Energy Organisation opposition to Clean Power Plan

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The Southern States Energy Board (SSEB) has formally demonstrated its opposition to the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan by passing a resolution of opposition at its annual meeting on 28 September.

The West Virginia Coal Association (WVCA) has reported it is positive and welcomes the SSEB’s decision to join the list of states and organisations that officially oppose the Clean Power Plan.

Certain factors that led the SSEB to opposing the plan included: the economic costs of the plan, such as job losses across the region and country; double-digit inflation of energy costs; and the endangerment of grid reliability, as well as other factors.

West Virginia’s Legislative coalition and SEEB Members, Senate President Bill Cole and Delegates Woody Ireland and J.B. McCuskey authored the resolution. It was unanimously adopted by all voting members.

“This plan will destroy tens of thousands of jobs across West Virginia,” commented Chris Hamilton, Senior Vice President of the West Virginia Coal Association. “And that is on top of the tens of thousands of jobs already lost due to the Obama Administration’s on-going war on coal. Unemployment across the coalfields is at 13, 14 and even 15% and rising. Communities are going bankrupt and it is threatening the budgets and economies of entire states.”

Hamilton continued: “More and more organisations are seeing these policies for what they are and they are standing up in opposition ... Hopefully, we can somehow reach this president and get him to understand that you can’t build an economy on some fantasy, you have to build it on hard work and it has to be grounded in reality. And if we can’t get this president and this administration to act responsibly, then hopefully Congress will listen and we can get the administration’s attacks rolled back through their efforts.”

Edited from press release by Harleigh Hobbs

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