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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) released the following statement regarding the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed greenhouse gas rules for new power plants:
“The Obama Administration just took another step to fulfill the President’s plan to make electricity ‘skyrocket’ and ‘bankrupt’ America’s coal industry. This EPA regulation will prevent the construction of new coal plants, shut down American energy development, destroy jobs and drive up energy prices.
“It is a slap in the face to American workers and a high five to extreme environmentalists.
“The Obama Administration has made it clear that it is hostile to all forms of fossil fuels developed in America. Anyone who thinks that this Administration prefers natural gas is kidding themselves. Over the past three years, this Administration has blocked natural gas exploration, shut down the Keystone XL pipeline, and is now stopping new coal plants.
“After today’s regulation, President Obama should finally stop pretending he supports ‘all of the above’ energy development.”
In January 2008, Presidential-candidate Obama told the San Francisco Chronicle:
“You know, when I was asked earlier about the issue of coal, uh, you know — under my plan of a cap and trade system, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket. Even regardless of what I say about whether coal is good or bad. Because I’m capping greenhouse gases, coal power plants, you know, natural gas, you name it — whatever the plants were, whatever the industry was, uh, they would have to retrofit their operations. That will cost money. They will pass that money on to consumers.”