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Communities Power America's Energy Future
Communities have the power to make a difference. That is the message of a new video from the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity (ACCCE) that showcases the towns of Nucla and Naturita in Western Colorado. Hundreds of jobs in both hamlets depend on a coal mine and coal-based power plant, both operated by Tri-State Generation and Transmission.
In Nucla and Naturita, Colorado, people are worried. The backbone of their town is the coal mine and coal plant, which are threatened by overreaching regulations.
The citizens of these communities speak about their pride in providing low-cost, clean energy from coal – low-cost, clean energy that keeps American business competitive. The video also addresses the costs and consequences of sweeping, proposed environmental regulations from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The EPA’s new Utility Maximum Achievable Control Technology (MACT) rule threatens to rapidly increase costs for energy consumers, endangering jobs for little demonstrated environmental benefit.
“American families and small businesses depend on coal for affordable and reliable electricity,” said Evan Tracey, ACCCE Senior Vice President for Communications. “The EPA needs to be held accountable for its devastating effects on power plants, the mines that sustain them and the towns that depend on them.”
Electricity producers spanning the nation, including Tri-State, have joined 24 states and other interest groups in filing a lawsuit against the EPA for exceeding its authority. You can help.
View “Community Power” at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?
Take action at AmericasPower.org. Here you can sign up to share this video and start a conversation about the importance of coal with friends, family and neighbors.