Administrators with the Environmental Protection Agency have begun a grueling two day/four city tour hearing testimony on President Obama's proposed changes to regulations for existing power plants.
They started on Tuesday in Atlanta, and a delegation from Alabama was there.
Alabama's delegation consisted of the state's attorney general, Public Service Commissioner Jeremy Oden, and one of the governor's advisors Blaine Galliher.
The hearing, heard from hundreds of people. In Alabama, Electric Cooperatives warn that by reducing one energy source, that doesn't mean it can be replaced by something else overnight.
"It takes time to put the facilities in place," said Tom Stackhouse, CEO of Central Alabama Electric Cooperative. "To build power plants, to build transmission lines, all of those things in place, it takes a long time."
Stackhouse warns that while Natural Gas may be very affordable right now, just purging coal altogether could hurt things down the road.
"Right now, we have a good solid system in place and by removing one of those resources it just puts more of a load on the rest."
This new EPA policy that's being pushed by the president is aimed at reducing carbon output by the year 2030 to levels below what they were ten years ago.
According to the Governor's Office, the coal industry employs nearly 5,000 people in Alabama.
Officials with the state have said they think the affect of the new regulations on Alabamians' wallets is more important than any positive environmental outcome.
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