SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Coal Association is panning President Barack Obama's plans for decreasing greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fired power plants.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency unveiled the new regulations on Monday. The Association's Phil Gonet calls them "unfair," and says the rules will result in higher electricity rates for struggling families. He also argues Obama's new EPA rules could blunt a surge in mining in Illinois, the nation's fifth-biggest coal producer.
The Illinois Manufacturers' Association (IMA) also released a statement regarding Obama's carbon emission rules. Mark Denzler, vice president of the IMA said:
"President Obama's plan will eliminate thousands of Illinois jobs and increase costs for families. National estimates show this rule could reduce economic output by $50 billion while destroying 800,000 jobs. The president's unilateral decision that bypasses Congress will increase energy costs making it more difficult for the manufacturing sector to compete globally. It further shows the need for Governor Quinn and the Department of Natural Resources to implement hydraulic fracturing rules so Illinois can develop its own energy resources."