We recently finalized the nation's first-ever Mercury and Air Toxics Standards for power plant emissions. Once MATS is fully implemented, it will prevent up to 11,000 premature deaths, 4,700 heart attacks, and 3,100 emergency room visits across the nation.
When you realize coal's effects on health and our environment, coal is exceptionally costly. If these costs were included in the price of coal, cleaner energy technologies would become very competitive.
The bill, or rather this legislative outrage, would keep the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from adopting guidelines to keep pesticide discharges out of our waterways. And to make matters worse, they called it "The Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act."
Climate and energy legislation is dead, coal ash regulations are delayed indefinitely, mountaintop removal mining continues, and the myth of "clean coal" is alive and well thanks to continuing praise by Obama and Biden.