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Why Climate Regulations Matter to You

Why Climate Regulations Matter to You

The Environmental Protection Agency recently released regulations to limit carbon dioxide emissions at new power plants that will lead to more expensive electricity for members of electric cooperatives across the country, including Sam Houston Electric Cooperative.

That’s why we’re asking everyone to send comments to the EPA through www.action.coop. This easy-to-use online tool directly sends your thoughts to Washington so regulators understand the potential harm of these rules.

We’re concerned because the EPA has chosen to write regulations that rely on technology for reducing CO2 emissions that has not been proven at commercial power plants. This “carbon capture and storage” method might look good on paper or in the lab, but unlike Washington, we’re not willing to take the risk with your electric bills.

In case you’re wondering whether the EPA actually will read these comments, consider this: by law the EPA is required to ask the American public how a proposed rule would affect costs to consumers, the quality of life and the economic future of their communities. That’s why electric cooperatives are leading the charge with the 42 million members nationwide to raise our voices collectively so we’ll be heard loud and clear.

Already, tens of thousands of folks from across the country have shared their concerns. The country has not yet climbed out of the recession; many Americans are hurting financially.

We need to tell the EPA that cost matters. Anyone can send a comment at www.action.coop – even if they don’t live on co-op lines – so please encourage your family and friends, regardless where they live, to join us.

No matter where our energy comes from, we all have a responsibility to keep electricity reliable and affordable. Like energy policy itself, the regulations proposed by the EPA are technical, but an increase in your electric bill is personal. That’s why we need you to speak up.

Jobs here at home, tough choices for East Texans on a budget and the future prosperity of our communities are threatened by electric bills going up. That’s why we must stick together.

We at Sam Houston Electric Cooperative care about the price of electricity because we’re a cooperative and we look out for you, our members. We think about our members with every decision we make. And we’re concerned that the EPA is making a decision that will force an increase in what we have to pay for power.

That’s why we all need to take a stand and urge our families and friends to join us.

Please visit www.action.coop. Just as important, get out and talk to people about what we’re doing and why we care about electricity prices.

Your electric cooperative is powering the future, driving economic growth and fostering innovation. And we won’t stand for ill-considered regulations written without regard to your economic well-being. Please join us in this important fight today.