A MESSAGE FROM CO-MO CEO/GENERAL MANAGER KEN JOHNSON:
Co-Mo Electric Cooperative needs your help to confront an unwise idea coming from Washington, D.C., that threatens the cost of power for all rural Americans, especially those right here in central Missouri.
The Environmental Protection Agency is considering a policy that would make it impossible to generate electricity with coal in the next generation of power plants. Through a proposed New Source Performance Standard for greenhouse gases, the EPA would require new coal plants to install carbon capture and storage technology, something not yet commercially available. This would eliminate coal as a fuel source for future generations and reduce America’s fuel diversity. It would also put huge upward pressure on Co-Mo members’ electric rates, as Missouri relies on coal to produce around 80 percent of the power its residents consume.
What I would like to ask you is to extend your influence to help the EPA and members of Congress see that the best solution is a comprehensive energy and environmental policy that maximizes energy efficiency and embraces all domestic fuels — nuclear, natural gas, renewables and coal.
Thankfully, we’ve set up an easy way for you to make your voice heard.
Simply visit the Take Action Network’s website at takeaction.nreca.coop. There, you will find easy instructions to send a message to the EPA and to Congress to share your opinion. The entire process should take no more than one or two minutes. Then, I would ask that you take one more step: Please share this website and issue with your family, friends, neighbors, employees and business leaders you may know and ask them to visit the Take Action Network website to send a message of their own.
This grassroots effort makes a difference in Washington, D.C. Most recently, electric cooperative supporters’voices were credited with stemming the tide of disastrous and costly cap-and-trade legislation. I’m hopeful that, together, we can stop an equally unwise idea from becoming policy.
The deadline for messages to be sent is June 25. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch with me or our grassroots coordinator, John Agliata.
Once you have done this, I ask that you join our grassroots mailing by clicking here. This way, we can keep you updated on important legislative issues that affect your life.
Ken Johnson, CEO/General Manager,Co-Mo Electric Cooperative