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UMWA supports greenhouse gas moratorium bill

March 4, 2010
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Triangle, Va.– The United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) announced its strong support for  legislation introduced today by Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) in the Senate and Rep. Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.),  Alan Mollohan (D-W.Va) and Rick Boucher (D-Va.) in the House of Representatives to block for two years Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulation of greenhouse gases from stationary sources.

“We regard the Clean Air Act as unsuited to providing the technology incentives needed to advance carbon capture and storage and other advanced clean energy technologies that our nation will need to combat climate change,” said UMWA International President Cecil E. Roberts.

The EPA has been moving aggressively to develop regulatory programs to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, “and appears in a rush to develop a slate of new rules that would hamper our economic recovery while depressing prospects for alleviating the crushing burdens of high unemployment,” Roberts noted.

The legislation introduced today would allow EPA’s proposed rule reducing greenhouse gas emissions from automobiles to go forward in tandem with new Department of Transportation automotive mileage standards, to be phased in in time for the 2012 model year.


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