Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Brown Stands with Obama's War on Coal: Votes Against Jobs

COLUMBUS - Today, Sherrod Brown voted to destroy thousands of jobs by supporting the job-killing regulation known as the Utility Maximum Achievable Control Technology (MACT) rule. The Utility MACT is a controversial U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rule that threatens Ohio's affordable and reliable electricity.

"Once again Sherrod Brown has put politics ahead of Ohioans," said Ohio Republican Party spokeswoman Izzy Santa. "His continued support for the Obama administration's war on coal will destroy thousands of jobs and hurt families and businesses by continuing to drive up energy prices."

Economists state the EPA's Utility MACT regulation could destroy 180,000 jobs nationwide. In Ohio, the National Economic Research Associates found the regulation, along with the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR), could kill 53,500 jobs and increase electricity rates by 13 percent.