With the EPA proposing new emissions regulations on power plants, U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., in a new video said the U.S. should be focusing on creating jobs, not spending billions to wage a war on coal. The video addresses a few questions and comments Wyoming constituents sent him during the past couple weeks through Facebook and Twitter, from phone calls to his D.C. and Wyoming offices, and from email and written letters.
EPA regulating emissions from coal power plants
"The president has a war on coal. He promised before he ever got the job he was going to end coal. That makes a tremendous difference for Wyoming and America. For Wyoming, it is thousands of jobs, and that is just direct jobs. Again, it ripples out in to the rest of the country, and amounts to a lot more jobs. The Wall Street Journal recently said that if every coal fired power plant in America was shut down and replaced with a non CO2 admitting power, that over the next one hundred years, that would make one-twentieth of one degree difference in the climate. How many billions should we spend for one-twentieth of a degree over a hundred years?
"We need to increase the research that is done on coal. We can do better, and we should do better We need to start believing in our ingenuity and do a better job with everything that we do, but we need to make sure that the cheapest source of fuel for America isn't eliminated. That is the base source of supply. If the price goes up on electricity we will see more manufacturing overseas, not to mention people will have to pay more for air conditioning and electricity at their house. Even people who think their electric car doesn't pollute don't realize where the power comes from."
Senator Enzi records "Collecting Common Sense from Wyoming for Washington" videos every other week when the Senate is in session. He encourages Wyoming residents to continue sharing their thoughts, ideas, and questions and he will address as many of the topics as possible. For individual responses, constituents should email him through his web page -- www.enzi.senate.gov.