Reactions are mixed to the new carbon emissions standards released by the EPA yesterday. In a written statement Congressman Eric Cantor called the new regulations an assault on working families that will increase home electricity bills and says the President owes an explanation to the 5,000 Virginians who work in the coal industry.
Kate Addelson with the Virginia Sierra Club says the regulations will be beneficial for the economy through the creation of new clean energy jobs.
Senator Mark Warner, has tried to strike a moderate tone with allies tied to the coal industry in Southwest Virginia. He, along with Senator Tim Kaine and Senators from other coal producing states, successfully lobbied the EPA to extend the comment period on the proposed regulations from 60 to 120 days.