Last week, the President announced a new plan to slow down the effects of global warming. Congressman Andy Barr says he finds the plan offensive.
President Obama says the biggest contributors to greenhouse gas emissions in the country are power plants. The President announced a plan to change that, and Representative Andy Barr marched down to the House of Representatives' floor to express his anger.
"Mr. President you are not king," exclaimed Rep. Andy Barr.
Without any action from congress, the President ordered the EPA to regulate emissions from power plants.
"We need to act," said President Obama.
Andy Barr has a nickname for the plan: "The war on coal."
Barr says his job in congress is to champion coal.
"it's critical for jobs. It's critical for Kentucky. It's critical for energy independence. It's critical for energy security, and it will provide a base load source of power for America for years to come." said Rep. Barr.
Barr says in the last few years Kentucky lost thousands of coal jobs. He says it's not because of natural gas.
"The price of coal was at 50 and 60 dollars a ton, when natural gas was even cheaper than it is today. So it's simply not true to blame the problems in the coal industry with cheap natural gas," said Barr.
A UK scientist says natural gas is more efficient than coal.
"U.S. Greenhouse gas emissions have decreased by some measures, because of the increased supply of natural gas in the market. So, natural gas in effect burns more cleanly than coal does," said Assistant Professor environmental sciences Alan Fryar.
When a power plant burns coal, it emits carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. The CO2 traps heat, causing global warming.
"Coal does contribute to climate change," said Barr.
But he says it's better for the world if we use coal in America.
"The administration is trying to destroy the coal industry, and the result is more exports to countries like China that have a very poor environmental record," said Barr.
Barr says he wants a diverse energy plan. He says the President speaks out in favor of an all-of-the-above energy plan, but Barr says the President discriminates against coal.