OPINION — Looking back over my family’s 2015 budget, I can’t help but be thankful that energy has gotten cheaper in recent years. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like it’s going to stay that way for much longer.
We have the president’s new anti-coal regulation to thank. The “Clean Power Plan,” which the Obama administration unveiled a few months ago, is a direct assault on our affordable energy bills. It’s specifically designed to close coal power plants. That will be devastating here in Utah – coal provides 81 percent of our electricity. That reflects the simple fact that it’s cheap and abundant – exactly what you want in a power source.
When those plants start closing, my bills will start rising. One recent analysis shows that Utah residents like me are looking at an average annual energy bill increases of 43 percent – meaning they’ll almost double every two years.
That’s going to be disastrous for my family. We’re already making sacrifices and trying to do more with less. Now we can expect our energy bills to start skyrocketing, with no end in sight.
I don’t want Washington to control Utah’s energy policies. We were doing things right – that’s why my bills dropped so much over the past few years. Why should my family have to pay so much for Washington’s bad ideas?
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