MORE’s Statement in Response to Peabody’s Demand that EPA End Carbon Regulations
Today, Peabody Energy, based in St. Louis, testified in an EPA hearing in Washington DC. Fred Palmer, the Vice President of government relations, testified and demanded that the EPA withdraw its proposal to regulate carbon emissions. In response, Peter Thacher with Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment released the following statement:
Peabody Energy’s testimony today demonstrates this company’s purposeful ignorance toward the detrimental effects that climate change will have on St. Louis and the Midwest, such as increased heat waves and extreme weather events. While Peabody says they care about “energy poverty,” Peabody’s behavior in St. Louis says otherwise. Peabody has received millions of dollars in tax breaks meant to go to the disadvantaged St. Louis public school system even as they have created no new jobs at their headquarters. Instead, they used their tax breaks to put in a new office gym and build out their CEOs office. When citizens in St. Louis have tried to redirect tax dollars to help create green jobs, Peabody blocked these efforts. Peabody’s “energy poverty” rhetoric is just their newest attempt to lock us into a future of climate change and obscure the harm coal causes; in fact, the “energy poverty” corporate PR campaign is even brought to the public by the same advertising firm who helped the tobacco industry obscure how smoking cigarettes caused cancer.
Article from St. Louis Public Radio outlining Peabody's position on Carbon Regulations: http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/peabody-asks-epa-withdraw-carbon-emissions-proposal#.U9fijhUjSLk.twitter