Co-ops Support Bipartisan Climate Letter to Obama

Jo Ann Emerson

Jo Ann Emerson, CEO of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, today released a statement in support of a bipartisan letter from Congress to the president about his climate action plan.


“We thank Senator Blunt and his colleagues for their letter to President Obama underscoring that the most vulnerable families are hit hardest by energy policies crafted without deliberate and thoughtful consideration given to the cost implications and those effects on Americans,” Emerson said. “This is about real people to electric co-ops. We serve the majority of the ‘persistent poverty’ counties in the country and these ill-thought regulations disproportionately affect our membership and rural Americans.”


The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service defines counties as being persistently poor if 20 percent or more of their populations were living in poverty over the last 30 years. View the map depicting electric cooperative service territory overlaid with the persistent poverty counties at The text of Blunt’s letter is available at


The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association is the national service organization that represents the nation’s more than 900 private, not-for-profit, consumer-owned electric cooperatives, which provide service to 42 million people in 47 states.