"Coal Industry, Hill Allies Target Fine Print of Obama Climate Plan"

"Paul Bailey made the White House pitch on July 31. Flanked by six colleagues from the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity, the coal industry’s most public voice, Bailey pressed the case for 'achievable' greenhouse gas emissions standards for coal-fired power plants."

"At the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, the White House’s regulatory clearinghouse, the lobbyist presented a table full of economists with the coal group’s latest analysis -- a survey of carbon pollution from 22 coal plants built in the U.S. over the past five years. Today’s most efficient coal-burning utilities, they still emit carbon dioxide at nearly twice the rate pegged as the first-ever emissions limit for new power plants.

Bailey reiterated longstanding industry arguments about the costs of stringent environmental regulation -- lost jobs, higher energy costs. He offered the coalition’s own emissions standards. And he issued a plea: Don’t kill coal plants."

Kristen Lombardi reports for the Center for Public Integrity September 3, 2013.

SEE ALSO:

"Rail Industry, Utilities Boost 'Clean Coal' Coalition" (Center for Public Integrity)

"Democrats, Lobbyists Launch Pro-Coal Advocacy Group"  (Huffington Post)

"More Corporations Drop Off ALEC's Conference Brochure" (PR Watch)

"Obama Stocks Administration With Crusaders Against Climate Change" (National Journal)

"The Coal Lobby's Fight for Survival" (National Journal)

"Coal Industry Fuels Opposition to Emissions Regulations" (OpenSecretsblog: 6/26/13)

"Obama's War On Coal Doesn’t Exist…Says Coal Lobby?" (DeSmogBlog: 7/3/13)

"'War On Coal' Campaign Against Obama Has Failed, Coal Lobby Concedes" (Huffington Post)

"Big Coal to Fight Obama Plan" (Wall St. Journal: 6/26/13)

"Southern Company, a Lobbying Powerhouse, Fights New Carbon Rules" (HispanicBusiness)

"CPR's Eye on OIRA" (Center for Progressive Reform)

Climate Change Lobby Series Portal Page (Center for Public Integrity)

Source: Center for Public Integrity, 09/04/2013