AEA Virginia War on Affordable Energy by BWOnDD

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									  FACT SHEET: VIRGINIA—WAR ON AFFORDABLE ENERGY
AUDIO: “The President and his Washington cronies have declared war on affordable energy and American jobs.”


FACT: While running for President in 2008, President Obama told the San Francisco Examiner’s editorial board “Under
my plan of a cap-and-trade system, electricity prices would necessarily skyrocket. . . . That will cost money. They will
pass that money on to consumers.” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HlTxGHn4sH4) After cap-and-trade failed to
pass and the vote on cap-and-trade negatively impacted the electoral chances of many Members of Congress, President
Obama brushed off complaints about cap-and-trade. He said in a press conference after the mid-term election, “Cap-
and-trade was just one way of skinning the cat. It was a means, not an end. I’m going to be looking for other means to
address this problem.” (http://news.investors.com/ibd-editorials/110410-552801-skinning-the-carbon-cat-with-
epa.htm?p=full)

FACT: President Obama is not alone in the administration for disliking affordable energy and coal. President Obama’s
Secretary of Energy, Steven Chu told The Wall Street Journal in September 2008, that “Somehow we have to figure out
how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe.”
(http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122904040307499791.html) Chu also said that “coal is my worst nightmare.”
(http://blogs.wsj.com/environmentalcapital/2008/12/11/steven-chu-coal-is-my-worst-nightmare/) Furthermore, Vice
President Biden has said that he wants “no coal plants here in America.”
(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iJ55UzAsp6M)

FACT: Coal-fired power plants are closing all over America because of the Obama administration’s regulations.
According to EPA’s modeling and announcements from electricity generators, more than 34 gigawatts of coal generating
capacity will close in over 30 states. (http://www.instituteforenergyresearch.org/epa-powerplant-closures/) These
closures result in job losses for the workers at these shuttered power plants. (See e.g.
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/12/us/closing-of-state-line-power-station-on-illinois-indiana-border-is-expected-to-
leave-problems-behind.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0)


AUDIO: “Virginia families depend on coal to provide good paying jobs and affordable electricity in the Commonwealth.
More than half of the energy produced in Virginia comes from coal, powering more than 1 million homes.”


FACT: According to the Energy Information Administration (EIA), 564 trillion btus of coal produced in Virginia in 2020
compared to 148 trillion btus of natural gas, 278 trillion btus of nuclear electric power, and 106 trillion btus of other
renewable energy. (http://www.eia.gov/beta/state/?sid=VA#tabs-3) According to the Census Bureau, there are 3.4
million housing units in Virginia. (http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/51000.html) EIA’s state electricity profile for
Virginia shows that in 2010, the latest year for which full year data is available, 34.9 percent of Virginia’s electricity was
generated by coal. (http://www.eia.gov/electricity/state/Virginia/xls/sept05va.xls)Thirty-four point nine percent of 3.4
million homes is 1,186,600 homes powered by coal.

FACT: Virginia producers more coal than it uses. Virginia producers 564 trillion btus of coal,
(http://www.eia.gov/beta/state/?sid=VA#tabs-3) but only consumes 346 trillion btus of coal.
(http://www.eia.gov/beta/state/?sid=VA#tabs-1). Norfolk, Virginia is America’s largest coal export facility.
(http://www.eia.gov/beta/state/?sid=VA#tabs-4)


AUDIO: “But President Obama and his EPA have DECLARED WAR on this affordable, reliable, made in the U.S.A. power.”
FACT: EPA has proposed a number of regulations that make it very difficult to produce and use coal. As noted above,
according to EPA’s modeling of just the proposed Cross State Air Pollution Rule and the Mercury and Air Toxics Rule,
along with electricity generator announcements, more than 34 gigawatts of coal generating capacity will close in over 30
states. (http://www.instituteforenergyresearch.org/epa-powerplant-closures/) Besides those two regulations, EPA has
proposed a greenhouse gas new source performance standard for new power plants. The rule bans coal-fired power
plants unless they reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. (http://www.epa.gov/carbonpollutionstandards/) Besides
these regulations, EPA has also proposed “conductivity guidance”,
(http://www.epa.gov/owow/wetlands/guidance/pdf/appalachian_mtntop_mining_summary.pdf) it has revoked permits
previously granted mines, (http://wvgazette.com/News/201203230106) and it has considered regulating coal ash.
(http://www.epa.gov/wastes/nonhaz/industrial/special/fossil/ccr-rule/index.htm) All of these regulation make it more
expensive to produce coal and more expensive to use coal.

FACT: The United States is the second largest coal producer
(http://www.eia.gov/cfapps/ipdbproject/IEDIndex3.cfm?tid=1&pid=7&aid=1) and has the largest coal resources in the
world. (http://www.eia.gov/energy_in_brief/role_coal_us.cfm)

FACT: According to EIA, “coal is a relatively Inexpensive fuel” and coal has traditionally been lower-cost than natural gas.
(http://www.eia.gov/energy_in_brief/role_coal_us.cfm)


AUDIO: “And to make matters worse, in a time where jobs are few and wages are falling, Obama and his EPA are
eliminating good paying coal jobs in the Old Dominion.”


FACT: Until the latest unemployment report, unemployment had been above 8 percent for 42 consecutive months.
(http://news.yahoo.com/us-unemployment-aid-applications-decline-365k-123625617--finance.html) Besides
unemployment being high, American incomes have declined more since June 2009 than during any other recession since
the great depression. (http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-08-23/u-s-incomes-feel-more-in-recovery-sentier-
says.html) As of August, household income is 7.2 percent below the December 2007 level.
(http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-08-23/u-s-incomes-feel-more-in-recovery-sentier-says.html)

 FACT: Arch Coal is laying off 750 workers. (http://www.newstribune.com/news/2012/jun/21/arch-coal-laying-750-
workers-appalachia/) This includes workers in Virginia as well as West Virginia and Kentucky. Alpha Natural Resources if
cutting 1,200 jobs in Virginia, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania.
(http://www.wkyt.com/wymt/home/headlines/Southwest-Virginia-mines-affected-by-Alpha-layoffs-170304356.html)



AUDIO: “We need a President who supports coal jobs, not destroys them. The cost of energy is increasing. Jobs are
being cut. We simply cannot afford four more years of destructive energy policies.


FACT: In 2011, the United States had the highest nominal electricity prices in U.S. history.
(http://www.eia.gov/totalenergy/data/annual/pdf/sec8_39.pdf) Also in 2011, the U.S. had the highest price for gasoline
in U.S. history. (http://www.eia.gov/totalenergy/data/annual/pdf/sec5_59.pdf)

FACT: As noted above, Arch Coal is laying off 750 workers. (http://www.newstribune.com/news/2012/jun/21/arch-coal-
laying-750-workers-appalachia/) Patriot Coal is reducing coal production. This reduction will impact 250 jobs.
(http://mineralsandmaterials.energy-business-review.com/news/patriot-coal-to-cut-production-in-southern-west-
virginia-mines-170912) Midwest Generation’s decision to shutter plants will result in nearly 200 employees losing their
jobs. (http://www.gazettechicago.com/index/2012/05/fisk-crawford-coal-plants-to-shut-down-early-resulting-in-jobs-
loss/) These a just a few examples of jobs being cut. These are just a few examples of coal jobs being cut.
AUDIO: “Washington needs to STOP making it harder for Virginia families.

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