Rep. Whitfield Visits Muhlenberg County

By Lauren Forsythe | 

U.S. Congressman Ed Whitfield was in his home district Monday.

The Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Energy and Power fears alternative forms of energy are just around the corner.

Congressman Whitfield met with people in Muhlenberg County to talk about their concerns-- one concern, coal.

"Our ability to compete in the global marketplace is dependent upon us having affordable abundant reliable energy and the Obama administration has an all out effort to curtail the use of coal," Congressman Whitfield says.

Kentucky's economy has been dependent on coal for decades and now, Whitfield is worried the nation is at the forefront of alternative forms of energy.

"The impact on jobs, the impact on the economy, most of our electricity comes from coal, so it's going to be pretty devastating," he says.

President Obama has shown support for alternative forms of energy.

Congressman Whitfield says coal plants cannot be built in the U.S. right now because of possible forthcoming regulations against them.

"America does have the opportunity to be energy independent if this administration would back down on some of the overly zealous regulations and work with us in producing it, so we won't have to be buying foreign oil from or importing a lot of energy," he says.

Wind energy has been a topic of discussion in Congress, but Whitfield says it would cost about $12 billion to supply households alone, making it much more expensive than coal.

"The reality is you cannot build enough windmills or solar panels to meet the electricity demands in America and for us to compete in the global marketplace."

Congressman Whitfield says less than 2 percent of the nation's electricity comes from wind energy right now, while there is a 225-year supply of coal.

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