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MACED President Justin Maxson’s statement on announcement of new carbon emissions standards

 

June 2, 2014

 

Berea, Ky. – The following is MACED President Justin Maxson’s statement about the June 2 announcement made by EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy about new carbon emissions standards:

 

There is still much to understand about the specific impacts of the new carbon emissions standards announced today. MACED believes we all share a responsibility to lessen the increasing threats of climate change. The new emissions rules will present challenges for the region and state. They should also be seen as providing an opportunity to take long-needed actions to diversify our energy sources and our economy.

 

Mitigating climate change is necessary, and it is imperative that our leaders also advocate for maximum reinvestment back into eastern Kentucky. Such reinvestment is necessary to help the region adjust to the economic impact of decreased coal production and begin to transition its economy. While important steps have been made in that direction over the last year with the launch of SOAR, much more is needed. A new energy economy based on energy efficiency and new sources of energy could provide many jobs for eastern Kentuckians. The region can and should be at the forefront of this new energy economy, providing for our neighbors as we have done for generations.

 

Moving forward into an uncertain future will be difficult, but moving forward is necessary before the harm of climate change gets worse, and our region’s economy becomes even more vulnerable to changes in the energy landscape. These new rules should not divide us, but instead should unite us to find better economic solutions for a brighter future.

 

Media Contact: Justin Maxson, (859) 582-3151, jmaxson@maced.org