Springfield….State Rep. Terri Bryant (R-Murphysboro) joined colleagues in the House this week in calling for more time to comment on proposed federal regulations on capping carbon emissions for coal fired power plants. Rep. Bryant has signed on as a co-sponsor of HR 687, a measure that urges the federal government to increase the comment period on the draft Stream Protection Rule to 180 days.
“Barack Obama pledged as a candidate to bankrupt and destroy the coal industry,” Bryant said. “Under the guise of curbing man-made ‘climate change’, Obama is taking direct aim at good paying jobs and working to eviscerate the average working family’s budget by causing, in his own words, “electricity prices to necessarily skyrocket.”
The Federal Government’s Department of Interior has proposed a new draft Stream Protection Rule which seeks to amend or change 450 different regulations on coal mines. The proposed rule changes are 2000 pages long and seek to change everything about the way surface and underground mines operate. Bryant says this type of overreach by the Federal government is a jobs killer.
“Illinois is unique in its position in America in regard to coal,” Bryant said. “Illinois has America’s largest reserves of bituminous coal, enough to provide electricity to the entire continental United States for 50 years,” Bryant said. “I will continue standing up against Barack Obama’s attacks on sustainable and affordable energy production. We have to have more time for Illinoisans to give their input on these ridiculously overreaching and jobs killing proposed rules.”
Bryant has consistently supported policies that would provide for growth in the fossil fuels industry in southern Illinois, citing the need for the affordable energy and good paying jobs that coal mining provides.
“The average coal mining salary is $85,000 in Illinois,” Bryant said. “The folks that do this work earn their money and we can’t afford to lose the good paying jobs or the energy sustainability that coal provides.”