A Word from Our CEO

Don’t get lost in the shuffle

Six hundred pages, plus another 1,000 of supporting documents – that’s the length of the latest proposal from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). It would amend the Clean Air Act (only 465 pages) to limit carbon dioxide emissions from the power plants on which we rely today.

Besides the actual rule, a lot has been written about its legality, feasibility and complexity. But lost in the shuffle of these thousands of pages is the impact on people. How much will electric bills increase? Will manufacturers relocate? How many jobs will be lost? Which power plants will be forced to shut down?

These are difficult questions. But they’re important questions. At Craighead Electric Cooperative, we work hard to keep your electricity affordable and reliable. That’s why we’re asking the EPA for answers to these and many other questions.

We don’t want you to get lost in the shuffle. We put you – our members – first. We advocate for you. We see you every month paying your bill at the office. We work with you. We know when times are tough. We often live next door.

After all, you govern us. Our board members and community leaders are one in the same. We’re as local as any organization, and we like it that way.

That’s why we keep reminding the bureaucrats in Washington, D.C., that the rules they write have an impact in the real world – where we live. That’s why we’re encouraging everyone to take 30 seconds to sign up at www.tellEPA.com and tell the EPA we cannot afford these regulations.

Please raise your voice. Don’t get lost in the shuffle. Together, we can tell the EPA that support for the environment and a true all-of-the-above energy policy are not mutually exclusive.

Together we’ll remind regulators and lawmakers that the impact new rules and laws have on people should be their first thought, not their last.

With more than 900 electric cooperatives in the country backing us up, our voice can be heard. We have a great and positive story to tell. We can tell the story together. And it won’t even take 1,600 pages. Please take a moment to visit www.tellEPA.com or write to:

Environmental Protection Agency

EPA Docket Center (EPA/DC), Mailcode 28221T

Attention Docket ID No. OAR-2013-0602

1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.

Washington, DC 20460