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SENATE DEMOCRATS ARE CONCERNED THAT OBAMA’S CLIMATE PLAN WILL NEGATIVELY IMPACT JOBS AND THEIR STATES

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV): “It’s Clear Now That The President Has Declared A War On Coal.” MANCHIN: “The regulations the President wants to force on coal are not feasible. And if it’s not feasible, it’s not reasonable. It’s clear now that the President has declared a war on coal. It’s simply unacceptable that one of the key elements of his climate change proposal places regulations on coal that are completely impossible to meet with existing technology.” (Senator Joe Manchin, Press Release, 6/25/13)

  • Manchin: Obama Climate Plan Will “Punish American Businesses.” MANCHIN: “The fact is clear: our own Energy Department reports that our country will get 37 percent of our energy from coal until 2040. Removing coal from our energy mix will have disastrous consequences for our recovering economy. These policies punish American businesses by putting them at a competitive disadvantage with our global competitors. And those competitors burn seven-eighths of the world’s coal, and they’re not going to stop using coal any time soon.” (Senator Joe Manchin, Press Release, 6/25/13)
     
  • Manchin, On Obama’s Climate Plan: “It Is Just So Irresponsible. … They’re Declaring War Truly On Jobs, On American Jobs.” MANCHIN: “It is just so irresponsible. We’re looking for an all-in energy policy that basically secures our nation, makes us less dependent on foreign oil or foreign energy. And we can do that, but we’ve got to use everything we have, in balance with the environment and economy. That’s all we ever said. … They’re declaring war truly on jobs, on American jobs.” (Fox News’ ” Special Report,” 6/25/13)

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), On Obama’s Climate Plan: “Several Of The Initiatives … Amplify The Administration’s Continuing War On Coal And Coal-Fired Power.” HEITKAMP: “However, several of the initiatives introduced today by the President, while not new, amplify the Administration’s continuing war on coal and coal-fired power. While the President claims to believe in an all-of-the-above energy policy, he consistently fails to step-forward and truly commit to such a policy.” (Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, “Heitkamp Reaction To President Remarks On Climate Change,” Press Release, 6/25/13)

  • Heitkamp: “The Administration Continues Developing Regulations That Do Nothing More Than Choke Off Good-Paying American Jobs…” HEITKAMP: “Instead the Administration continues developing regulations that do nothing more than choke off good-paying American jobs, and threatening millions of Americans with the loss of a reliable and affordable energy source.” (Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, “Heitkamp Reaction To President Remarks On Climate Change,” Press Release, 6/25/13)

Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV): “I’m Deeply Concerned That, In Its Current Form, There’s Not Enough Emphasis In The President’s Plan On The People Who Are The Backbone Of Our Economy And The Fabric Of Our Nation.” ROCKEFELLER: “I’m deeply concerned that, in its current form, there’s not enough emphasis in the President’s plan on the people who are the backbone of our economy and the fabric of our nation. And, any roadmap to deal with our future energy needs must include the promise of clean coal. Our demand for energy can’t be met without it.” (Sen. Jay Rockefeller, “Rockefeller Releases Statement On President’s Climate Change Speech,” Press Release, 6/25/13)

“Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, Added It Is Critical That America Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions, But He Said The Country ‘Must Do This In A Way That Creates Ohio Jobs Rather Than Puts Them At Risk.’” (Joselyn King, “Area Lawmakers Express Concerns,” The Weirton Daily Times , 6/26/13)

  • Sen. Sherrod Brown: “We Must Develop Global Solutions That Are Both Comprehensive And Fair To Ohio Workers And Manufacturers.” “‘That means we must utilize every available tool – investing in carbon capture technology, increasing our use of renewable energy and promoting energy efficiency in our homes and businesses,’ Brown said. ‘But we must make sure that industries in other nations are operating under the same rules as our domestic manufacturers. We must develop global solutions that are both comprehensive and fair to Ohio workers and manufacturers.’” (Joselyn King, “Area Lawmakers Express Concerns,” The Weirton Daily Times , 6/26/13)

Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA): “We Must Reduce Our Carbon Usage Wisely Through Regulations That Properly Phase In New Requirements Over Time And Don’t Unduly Impact Communities That Rely On Coal Production.” “At the same time, there is no realistic plan that involves eliminating fossil fuel in the short or mid-term. We must reduce our carbon usage wisely through regulations that properly phase in new requirements over time and don’t unduly impact communities that rely on coal production. And, as we do so, we can scale up our investments in low and no carbon energy sources in ways that will increase American jobs. As in so many areas, this is fundamentally about finding a balanced approach that capitalizes on American innovation. I look forward to tackling that challenge with businesses, researchers, my Senate colleagues and, especially, Virginians who believe that economic growth and environmental stewardship can go hand in hand.” (Sen. Tim Kaine, Press Release, 6/25/13)

“[Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO)] Added That Other Proposals, ‘Like Those Affecting Existing Power Plants, Will Need Serious Review To Ensure They Don’t Harm Working Families.” “McCaskill sought to straddle the middle ground in her comments Tuesday, praising Obama for addressing climate change but calling for a ‘serious review’ of some of the power-plant regulations that would affect Missouri. ‘Climate change is a real and growing threat to the health and livelihoods of Missourians, and our kids and grandkids,’ McCaskill said. ‘Some of these proposals seem like they may be workable – especially ideas to get other countries like China on board with reducing pollution.’ But McCaskill added that other proposals, ‘like those affecting existing power plants, will need serious review to ensure they don’t harm working families. It would clearly be preferable if such an important policy debate was addressed through the normal legislative process. So I’ll be taking a hard look at these ideas and seeking input from Missouri families and businesses.’” (Robert Koenig, “Environmental Groups Praise, Coal Backers Condemn Obama’s Climate Steps,” St. Louis Beacon, 6/25/13)