Republican Party of Pennsylvania Chairman Rob Gleason made the statement regarding Senator Bob Casey’s vote against S.J. Res. 27, a resolution of disapproval on Utility MACT (Environmental Protection Agency’s Mercury and Air Toxic Standards rule):
“It’s alarming that Bob Casey has officially joined Obama’s war on coal by voting with the President instead of the people of Pennsylvania. Coal is a critical industry that creates thousands Pennsylvania jobs, but the Obama-Casey team continue to support EPA regulations that can have economically devastating effects. Casey can’t run from his clear and continued support of President Obama’s disastrous economic agenda and hostility toward job creation. Voting with President Obama 98% of the time has put politics first and Pennsylvania last. Casey’s vote today is just another reason why Pennsylvanians will be much better served by new Republican U.S. Senate candidate Tom Smith.”
The Utility MACT rule is causing many power plants around the country to close and eliminates new coal-fired power plant construction. For Pennsylvanians, especially those in coal-mining communities or where EPA regulations threaten the shutdown of a coal-fired power plant, the economic impacts will be devastating. Manufacturers and their employees throughout our state will be at risk from the higher costs of electricity. In fact, in Pennsylvania alone, Utility MACT and other EPA rules have been projected to increase electricity costs by up to 10% and risks thousands of jobs in our state. The poor and elderly living on fixed incomes will be hit the hardest by the price increases.
Tom Smith, Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, released the following statement: “I applaud Sen. Inhofe and his colleagues who supported the measure. Unfortunately for Pennsylvania and America as a whole that group did not include Sen. Bob Casey. As the owner of several coal mining companies, I was on the receiving end of President Obama and Senator Casey’s costly, job-killing regulations. I saw firsthand the damage that an out-of-control government can do to an American economy struggling to create jobs. The President’s EPA has clearly declared a war on coal –
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