Tell Senators Warner & Webb to Support
Senate Joint Resolution 37
Also, please urge Governor Mc Donald to use his influence with Senators Webb and Warner
(Vote is scheduled for Mon June 18)
Millions of Virginia families and businesses could see a dramatic increase in their electric bills and hundreds of workers throughout the Commonwealth could be at risk of losing their jobs if a controversial new EPA regulation is allowed to take effect this year.
The EPA's recent Utility MACT Rule (http://www.freedomworks.org/blog/wesley-coopersmith/utility-mact-ru...) regulating mercury and other power plant emissions will increase Virginian's electric bills by as much as 24 percent and could force as many as half of Virginia's coal-fired power plants to shut down, forcing hundreds of workers out of a job and making Virginia more dependent on imported electricity. And, under this rule it will be impossible to build new coal plants in the United States, costing Virginia numerous opportunities for new jobs and economic development.
That is why we need your help to urge Senators Mark Warner and Jim Webb to support Senate Joint Resolution 37 that will prevent the EPA from implementing this new rule.
Please contact Senators Warner and Webb as soon as possible, and tell them not to turn their backs on the millions of hardworking families and small businesses in Virginia that would be hurt by this draconian EPA regulation. Here is how to reach them:
Jim Webb 248 Russell Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510 Phone: 202-224-4024 Fax: 202-228-6363
Mark Warner 475 Russell Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510 Phone: 202-224-2023 Fax: 202-224-6295
Governor Bob McDonnell 804-786-2211, fax 804-371-6351
Contrary to what you hear from some environmentalists, coal-fired power plants are only responsible for about one half of one percent of the emissions regulated by this rule. Coal plants in the U.S. produce about the same amount of these emissions as forest fires and less than ten percent of the emissions generated by Chinese coal plants.
Putting this in perspective, we could eliminate all coal-fired power plants in the U.S. - as the MACT Rule aims to do - and we won't have made a dent in 99.5% of the mercury in the air we now breathe. One expert put it best when he said the Utility MACT Rule is "all pain and no gain."
Please tell Senators Warner and Webb to stand up for hardworking Virginia families and businesses and support Senate Joint Resolution 37!
Virginia can't afford to lose more jobs, and our families and small businesses can't afford to pay higher electric bills!