Sherrod Brown: War On Coal Denier

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October 14, 2014
Contact: Allison Moore 502-618-1372

Grimes Campaigns With A Leading Anti-Coal Liberal Senator

LOUISVILLE – Team Mitch released the following statement and background information on Alison Lundergan Grimes campaigning with anti-coal Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today.

"Once again Alison Grimes is proving that her most strident supporters all have a unifying agenda of ending Kentucky coal and implementing Obama's vision.  There is a reason Alison Grimes will not answer an extremely simple question about her support for President Obama and it's made clear by the anti-Kentucky agenda of those like Sherrod Brown who are supporting her," said Team Mitch spokeswoman Allison Moore.

BACKGROUND:

2012: Brown Said “Of Course” He Would Vote For Obama, “With Pleasure.” “Other Senate Democrats up this year, while also working to highlight their independence, did not hesitate to say they will vote for Obama. ‘Of course,’ said Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio. ‘With pleasure.’” (Dan Friedman, “Manchin On The Fence About Obama Vote,” National Journal Daily AM, 4/19/12)

In 2012, Sen. Sherrod Brown Denied That There Was A War On Coal. "There Is No War On Coal. Period." (Ohio Senate Debate, 10/15/12)

Background On Sen. Sherrod Brown’s Anti-Coal Record

In 2011, Brown Supported An EPA Rule Regulating Cross-State Air Pollution

In November 2011, Brown Voted Against A Joint Resolution That Would Have Nullified An EPA Rule Regarding Cross-State Air Pollution. “McConnell, R-Ky., motion to proceed to the joint resolution that would nullify the EPA rule regarding regulation of cross-state air pollution.” (S. J. Res. 27, CQ Vote #201: Motion rejected 41-56: R 39-6; D 2-48; I 0-2, 11/10/11, Brown Voted Nay)

The Cross-State Air Pollution Rule Was Most Expensive Regulation Ever Imposed By The EPA On Coal-Fueled Power Plants.  “The EPA today announced its final ‘Cross-State Air Pollution Rule,’ despite an analysis showing that the regulation, in combination with other EPA rules, would be among the most expensive ever imposed by the agency on coal-fueled power plants, dramatically increasing electricity rates for American families and businesses, causing substantial job losses.”  (Press Release, “EPA Finalizes Expensive New Regulation,” American Coalition For Clean Coal Electricity, 7/7/11)

The President Of The Ohio Coal Association Said The Regulation Would Kill Jobs

Mike Carey, President Of The Ohio Coal Association, Said The EPA’s Cross-State Pollution Rule Was One Of The “Most Harmful Proposals To Our Region And Our Jobs.” CAREY: “Recognizing my time is limited today, I’m going to focus on what the Ohio Coal Association sees as the two most harmful EPA proposals to our region and our jobs. First, the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule. This formal, 1,300 page proposal was released by EPA just three weeks ago.” (Mike Carey, Hearing Of The Committee On House Oversight And Government Reform Subcommittee On Regulatory Affairs, 7/26/11)

Brown Voted Against The McConnell Amendment Which Would Have Blocked The EPA From Regulating Carbon Dioxide

The Wall Street Journal: “The McConnell Amendment Is One Of The Best Proposals For Growth And Job Creation To Make It Onto The Senate Docket In Years.” (Editorial, “The Senate’s EPA Showdown,” Wall Street Journal, 3/28/11)

Brown Voted To Cut Clean Coal Technology Research Funding In Order To Fund The Arts

In 2001, Brown Voted To Defer $15 Million For Clean Coal Technology To Fund Additional Money For The National Endowment For The Arts, National Endowment For The Humanities, And The Institute For Museum And Library Services. “Slaughter, D-N.Y., amendment that would defer $15 million of Clean Coal Technology funding until fiscal 2003 and provide increases of $10 million for the National Endowment for the Arts, $3 million for the National Endowment for the Humanities, and $2 million for the Institute of Museums and Library Services.” (H.R. 2217, CQ Vote #177: Adopted 221-193: R 33-178; D 187-14; I 1-1, 6/21/01, Brown Voted Yea)

In 2007, Brown Voted Against A Liquefied Coal Standard

In 2007, Brown Voted Against An Amendment To The Energy Policy Bill That Would Have Mandated That 6 Billion Gallons Of “Clean Coal-Derived Fuels” Be Produced By 2022. “Bunning, R-Ky., amendment no. 1628 to the Reid, D-Nev., substitute amendment no. 1502. The Bunning amendment would mandate that 6 billion gallons of ‘clean coal-derived fuels’ be produced by 2022. The fuels would have to have 20 percent fewer greenhouse gas emissions than gasoline and be produced by facilities that capture 100 percent of carbon dioxide emissions. The substitute would overhaul national energy policies including requiring the annual use of 15 billion gallons of biofuels by 2015, increasing the Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards to 35 miles per gallon by 2020 and making petroleum price gouging a federal crime in a ‘national energy emergency.’ It would also encourage carbon sequestration research, require the federal government to purchase 15 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2015 and direct the State Department to pursue strategic partnerships with major energy-consuming and energy-producing nations.” (H.R. 6, CQ Vote #213: Rejected 39-55: R 39-6; D 0-47; I 0-2, 6/19/07, Brown Voted Nay)

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