Senate to Vote Today on Senator Inhofe’s Resolution to Block EPA’s Utility MACT Rule

Senate to Vote Today on Senator Inhofe’s Resolution to Block EPA’s Utility MACT Rule; Bipartisan Support Building to Stop the EPA;  Deneen Borelli Urges Senator Rockefeller to Stand with West Virginia and Vote to End President Obama’s War on Coal

For Release: June 19, 2012
Contact: Deneen Borelli or Tom Borelli (914) 793-6827 or

Deneen Borelli, author of “Blacklash,” today is urging Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) to join fellow Democrat Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Ben Nelson (D-NE) and Mary Landrieu (D-LA) to vote for S.J. Res.37 – a resolution of disapproval under the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to block the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Utility MACT Rule.

The resolution was initiated by Senator James Inhofe (R-OK) and the vote is set for tomorrow.

Earlier this month Deneen Borelli and her husband Tom, both conservative activists, went to Senator Rockefeller’s district office in Charleston, WV, to find out Rockefeller’s position on the resolution.

During a meeting in the district office, the Borelli’s were told to call Rockefeller’s Senate office in Washington, D.C.  The Borelli’s phone call to the staffer responsible for energy issues was never returned.

“Senator Rockefeller is making a mockery of representative government. His silence regarding his views on a vote that will impact his constituents is disgraceful,” said Deneen Borelli.

The Utility MACT Rule is the most expensive regulation ever issued by the EPA costing about $10 billion a year.  The rule is a major thrust of President Obama’s war on coal and it’s a major reason for the utilities closing a significant number of coal-fired power plants.

“It’s outrageous that Rockefeller is allowing President Obama to destroy the coal industry. Rockefeller needs to wake up from his elitist stupor and look out for the economic welfare of his constituents,” added Deneen Borelli.

“In my book ‘Blacklash,’ I describe how President Obama’s war on fossil fuels is part of his larger plan to lower the living standards of Americans. Obama’s energy policy will devastate livelihoods of West Virginian families,” added Deneen Borelli.

Senator Manchin, Democrat West Virginia Governor Earl Tomblin and the United Mine Workers of America are supporting S.J. Res.37 to stop the Utility MACT rule.

“Senator Rockefeller’s silence shows his political loyalty to President Obama supersedes the needs of his constituents.  West Virginians must urge Rockefeller to represent their needs and not President Obama’s political agenda,” said Tom Borelli.

“It’s deplorable that West Virginians need the help of Senators from other states to protect their interests while Rockefeller is asleep at the switch.  Rockefeller should step up or step down,” added Tom Borelli.

Deneen Borelli is a conservative activist and author of “Blacklash: How Obama and the Left are Driving Americans to the Government Plantation.”

Tom Borelli, Ph.D. is a conservative activist who specializes in energy issues and a prominent critic of crony capitalism.