Lawmakers across America recognize that we, as a society, consume a lot of electricity. To meet these needs, we need a diverse portfolio of energy sources including coal, natural gas, nuclear and renewables. It is this diversity in fuel sources that keeps our electricity costs low and our reliability and stability high. A proposed rule from the EPA would effectively eliminate coal from this equation, thereby making our energy sources less diverse which could have a dramatic impact on cost, supply and reliability.
These lawmakers are concerned about the impact of the EPA's new greenhouse gas rules. If implemented as is, these "new source performance standards" would force power plants to abandon coal as a fuel source by setting the regulatory bar so low, that even a brand new, state-of-the-art facility would not be able to meet the air quality requirements. The net result of this proposed rule will be higher costs for consumers, jeopardized reliability and an abandonment of the one source of electricity that built this nation.
Please join these lawmakers by calling on the President to intervene to amend the proposed "new source performance standard" to ensure that we maintain our diverse portfolio of energy sources.
"Montanans can see the climate is changing – we're outdoors people – we farm and ranch, we hunt, fish, and hike. It's not about whether this change is happening - it's about how we respond. This is a worldwide issue. The rest of the world wants to grow and prosper as we do - and electricity demand around the globe continues to grow as a result." » Read the Letter
Montana Gov. Steve Bullock
"America is fortunate that we have such a great diversity of abundant fuel sources available--it is a powerful strategic advantage that other countries can only envy. The one-size-fits all approach to the EPA's NSPS rule ignores the diversity of our energy supply." » Read the Letter
Montana Attorney General Tim Fox