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EPA promotes global warming proposal to Western governors


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  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    June 11, 2014 7:02 a.m.

    Brace yourselves for fewer jobs and higher costs of everything! Poor people will be affected the most!

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    June 10, 2014 10:20 p.m.

    Environmentalists are the cause of Americas problems.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    June 10, 2014 8:25 p.m.

    Environmentalists make large campaign contributions? Do you suppose the coal industry is able to contribute more? Or that their interests are in the best interests of people who live near their activities?
    Sadly, hinging our response to climate change to that of China and India is selfish and short sighted. They're developing countries, where we were 150 years ago. Since they're just getting a middle class in place and we're long past that, shouldn't we lead the way? Because if we don't, in one more generation they'll be leading the way past us, and we'll still be messing with coal.

  • Promethean Richfield, UT
    June 10, 2014 3:29 p.m.

    Coal production has been and still is the life-blood of counties in Utah like Carbon and Emery. With very few other natural resources, including water, this particular EPA mandate will all but destroy the economies of those counties.

    Back east and in the south, there are entire states whose economies are primarily dependent upon coal production. It's also a fact that the United States has the largest coal deposits in the entire world.

    With the relatively new clean-coal initiatives and advancements, using coal as a source for energy production has been more feasible and with substantially lower pollution levels.

    However, with this new and extremely aggressive EPA requirement mandated by Obama, who is beholding to environmentalists for their large campaign contributions, even the newer clean coal initiatives won't be enough. It will force many coal-based power plants to shut down. Thousands of jobs will be lost. And energy costs will rise substantially, making the USA less competitive in the world manufacturing market.

    Sadly, without the world's biggest polluters (China and India) on board, even adherence to this latest EPA requirement will have very little effect on overall world pollution.