Wyoming residents have an opportunity to voice their thoughts and concerns about proposed Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rules that have the potential to hurt consumers and businesses by dramatically increasing energy costs. Individuals and businesses that would be impacted by proposed EPA carbon regulations are encouraged to attend a public comment listening session next Wednesday, Oct. 30, in Denver, CO. A rally to support affordable energy and rural economies will also be held in Denver on Oct. 30, at 1:30 p.m. on the Colorado State Capitol west steps. Let the EPA know Wyoming will not stay silent as a government agency tries to destroy a viable, affordable energy supply that Americans rely on. “This is an opportunity to show our support for the coal industry,” said Marion Loomis, Executive Director of the Wyoming Mining Association and the Wyoming Coal Information Committee. “We need to tell the EPA that a low cost affordable energy plan must include coal.” “Wyoming’s rural electric cooperatives rely on coal to provide nearly 80% of our affordable reliable electricity. To take coal out of the mix will have a dramatic impact on our member-owners and rural Wyoming,” said Shawn Taylor, Executive Director of the Wyoming Rural Electric Association. According to the government’s own analysis families could face yearly electricity cost increases of $1,000 or more if the proposed restrictive carbon regulations are finalized. Coal generated electricity is the answer to reliable, low cost energy and the U.S. economy relies on coal fired power plants to keep energy costs low. Coal state residents pay 33 percent less than non-coal states for electricity. The EPA’s actions are symbolic at best. They will increase energy costs but will have no significant impact on global climate because the vast majority of global carbon dioxide emissions come from natural sources and only a fraction of carbon dioxide emissions come from the use of coal-fueled power in the United States.