Ala utility regulators supporting coal industry

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 28, 2014 at 2:46 pm •  Published: July 28, 2014

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Alabama's utility regulators are supporting coal and opposing federal efforts to limit fossil fuel emissions.

Alabama Public Service commissioners Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh and Jeremy Oden and commissioner-elect Chip Beeker spoke at a news conference Monday ahead of hearings on new federal rules to limit coal.

The say the changes could cost jobs and result in higher utility bills. ( ) quotes Beeker as saying God created coal in Alabama, and no one has a right to push a policy that runs against God's plan.

Cavanaugh called on people to pray for the right thing to be done. And Oden says President Obama should worry about the potential for a world at war instead of fighting coal.

The Environmental Protection Agency holds a hearing on the federal plan Tuesday in Atlanta.