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Rep. McKinley: Don't Hurt U.S. Economy Based on Ideological Agenda

Washington, D.C. — Yesterday Rep. David B. McKinley, P.E. (R-WV) gathered a panel of experts from across the country to discuss the issue of climate change. The discussion was held at the West Virginia High Tech Consortium Foundation in Fairmont, WV and was attended by nearly 100 members of the community. Following the event, Rep. McKinley offered the following statement:

“In his State of the Union, President Obama said that if Congress doesn’t act on climate change, he would. This threat needs to be understood in West Virginia given the profound impact these actions would have on our economy. The goal of this event was to bring together experts with a variety of perspectives on the issue – including internationally renowned climatologists, physicists, professors and authors – in West Virginia so that people there can understand what’s at stake.”

“There were three central lessons I took away from the discussion. First, none of the panelists argued that we should stop using coal and gas. Given the anti-fossil fuel arguments that we hear all the time in Washington, this was encouraging.”

“Second, it’s clear that China, India, and other emerging countries are playing by a different set of rules. The United States should not put itself at even more of a disadvantage when foreign countries are held to lax environmental standards.”

“Third, I am even more convinced that the United States can’t afford to place additional burdens on our economy by imposing regulations that will drive up the cost of energy for consumers and businesses, and ultimately put people out of work.”

“The discussion yesterday reinforced that the science is not settled on the role of humans in climate change. There is no reason to put our economy at risk for the sake of an ideological agenda. Congress cannot let President Obama do this by acting unilaterally on climate change.”