Mary Landrieu visits coal plants, opposes new EPA regulations

Louisiana Politics
Tuesday, June 10, 2014 - 1:27pm

Louisiana has a lot of coal burning plants that employ a lot of workers, and they keep our energy prices among the lowest in the country.

New EPA regulations aim to cut emissions by at least 30 percent, but how does that affect our state?

Senator Mary Landrieu doesn't support the regulations. She says congress should set laws, and the EPA taking control is an overreach.

Landrieu says these new regulations could jeopardize our chance of becoming energy independent.

"The goal for me is not clean. It's an important part of the equation, but it's not the goal. The goal is independence. The goal is security. The goal is reliability, and then also, as clean as possible," said Landrieu.

Landrieu calls this an "economic" issue because 75 percent of our electricity comes from coal, and these new regulations could hurt our quest to stop relying on foreign oil.

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