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Congressman Evan Jenkins

Representing the 3rd District of West Virginia

REP. JENKINS’ TESTIMONY AT TODAY’S EPA HEARING IN CHARLESTON

November 28, 2017
Press Release
“I fully support a speedy repeal of the Clean Power Plan, giving West Virginia hope for a future of economic prosperity.”

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) submitted testimony for the record at today’s Environmental Protection Agency public hearing in Charleston on the proposed repeal of the Clean Power Plan.

“I have spoken with the president and the administration about the importance of West Virginia’s coal miners and how the Clean Power Plan, as well as many of the other Obama administration’s regulations, were strangling the economy. At every step, I have fought against burdensome regulations, worked with President Trump, and stood with West Virginia’s coal miners,” Rep. Jenkins said.

He also said that the House Natural Resources Committee will be marking up his bill on Wednesday, the Transparency and Honesty in Energy Regulations Act.

“I introduced this bill, which would prohibit the use of social cost of greenhouse gases in the federal rulemaking process unless the agencies adhere to OMB guidance. This controversial metric was abused by the former administration to wage their war on coal. The Clean Power Plan was justified largely by using the social cost of carbon,” Rep. Jenkins said.

Rep. Jenkins was unable to attend in person due to votes in Washington today, but his district director, Michael Chirico, read the testimony on his behalf.

The congressman’s testimony as prepared for the record is below:

“I am giving this testimony on behalf of Congressman Evan Jenkins, who couldn’t be here because he is in D.C. for votes scheduled for today.

“West Virginia’s future is bright, the economy is growing at a fast pace and the energy regulations that have crippled our state are being repealed. The Clean Power Plan repeal will continue to fuel a resurgence of West Virginia’s economy, which has been growing at 3 percent in 2017, the second fastest in the United States.

“The eight years before President Trump took office, the war on coal decimated an entire industry, a way of life in West Virginia. Ten thousand coal jobs were lost here over the last five years because of the war on coal. But this is changing thanks to President Trump and Administrator Pruitt.

“I proudly stand with the Trump administration and Administrator Pruitt in repealing and eliminating burdensome and job-killing regulations.

“I fully support the repeal of the Clean Power Plan and have been working to eliminate this regulation for years. The Clean Power Plan was one of the key regulations in Obama’s war on coal. It would have caused thousands of men and women to lose their good paying jobs and would have caused double-digit increases in electricity costs. This is unacceptable for a state that relies on the low-cost energy that coal provides.

“Since the day I took office, I fought back against the Obama administration’s overreaching energy policies. I joined with 34 senators and 171 representatives to send an amicus brief that supported overturning the Clean Power Plan on the grounds that the EPA acted illegally in moving the regulation.

“As a member of the Appropriations Committee, I secured policy riders that halted job-killing coal regulations. I ensured that Congress rejected the Obama administration’s request for increased funding for more EPA regulators and led the charge to cut the EPA’s budget by hundreds of millions of dollars.

“I was also proud to sponsor and cosponsor a number of bills that worked to stop the war on coal. I sponsored legislation which became law that blocked the implementation of the Obama stream buffer zone rule, saving one-third of all coal jobs. I also cosponsored and voted on legislation that would have stopped the Clean Power Plan from going forward.

“This week the House Natural Resources Committee will be marking up the Transparency and Honesty in Energy Regulations Act. I introduced this bill, which would prohibit the use of social cost of greenhouse gases in the federal rulemaking process unless the agencies adhere to OMB guidance. This controversial metric was abused by the former administration to wage their war on coal. The Clean Power Plan was justified largely by using the social cost of carbon.

“This government overreach is over. I have spoken with the president and the administration about the importance of West Virginia’s coal miners and how the Clean Power Plan, as well as many of the other Obama administration’s regulations, were strangling the economy. At every step, I have fought against burdensome regulations, worked with President Trump, and stood with West Virginia’s coal miners.

“I fully support a speedy repeal of the Clean Power Plan, giving West Virginia hope for a future of economic prosperity.”