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Cramer defends coal, criticizes EPA regulations

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 1, 2014 at 5:34 pm •  Published: July 1, 2014

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's U.S. Representative says coal is a low-cost, clean energy source for North Dakota and that new Environmental Protection Agency regulations are harmful to the state and the country.

Republican Congressman Kevin Cramer made the remarks during an online town hall meeting looking at energy issues on Tuesday.

Under new EPA regulations North Dakota needs to cut carbon emissions by around 11 percent.

Cramer says many North Dakota jobs rely on coal. He adds that the environmental impact of coal in North Dakota is overblown. He says North Dakota continues to have clean air and that the people that work in the industry in the state are committed to preserving the environment.

The town hall was hosted by the Lignite Energy Council and Bakken Backers.

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