Public and Stakeholder Input Critical to Texas' Energy Future as EPA Hosts 'Listening Session' on Carbon Emissions
DALLAS, Nov. 6, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- This week the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is inviting Texans to participate in one of 11 "listening sessions" that the agency is conducting around the country to solicit ideas about the best ways to reduce carbon emissions from existing coal-fired power plants.
These sessions will provide members of the public and other stakeholders in Texas with the opportunity to help shape the policies that will determine the state's energy future. Because coal provides more than a third of the state's electricity, the input produced by these meetings could have a profound impact on the cost of electricity for homes and businesses across the state and throughout the nation.
"Coal, along with natural gas, nuclear, and renewables, plays an important role in providing Texas with an affordable and reliable supply of energy," National Mining Association President and CEO Hal Quinn said. "Affordable electricity generated by coal-based power plants benefits Texas homes and businesses alike. And new coal power plants using 'best in class' technologies provide the best opportunity to reduce emissions. It is important for Texas to continue to enjoy a reliable supply of affordable electricity in order to protect the state's manufacturing jobs and preserve its attractive energy mix."
Regional coal-mining activities in 2011 supported 46,100 jobs in Texas and contributed $5.97 billion in direct and indirect economic contributions to the state. The affordable, reliable energy generated from coal also helped support 893,870 manufacturing jobs in the state.
The listening sessions will be held on Thursday, Nov. 7, from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. CST, J. Erik Jonsson Central Library, Auditorium – first floor, 1515 Young Street, Dallas, Texas.
A fact sheet about coal mining in Texas and the contributions to the state is available here.
The National Mining Association (NMA) is the voice of the American mining industry in Washington, D.C. Membership includes more than 325 corporations involved in all aspects of coal and solid minerals production including coal, metal and industrial mineral producers, mineral processors, equipment manufacturers, state mining associations, bulk transporters, engineering firms, consultants, financial institutions and other companies that supply goods and services to the mining industry.
SOURCE National Mining Association