Arlington, VA, June 25, 2013 — Jo Ann Emerson, CEO of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), made the following statement today in response to the President’s proposal that will raise electric utility bills for millions of Americans:
“Electric cooperatives oppose President Obama’s proposal to use the Clean Air Act to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from power plants. America’s rural communities depend on coal-fired generation for affordable electric power and would be disproportionately penalized by this scheme. Folks in rural communities and those with low or fixed incomes already spend more of their household budget on energy; this proposal would increase their burden. The President’s proposal would be, in effect, a regressive new climate tax on America’s most economically vulnerable citizens.
NRECA and America’s electric cooperatives will fight this proposal at the agency level and in the courts if necessary. If the President doesn’t recognize the need to keep electric bills affordable, we promise to bring it to his attention.”
The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association is the national service organization that represents the nation’s more than 900 private, not-for-profit, consumer-owned electric cooperatives, which provide service to 42 million people in 47 states.