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Resources can be used responsibly
May 10, 2012 - Kim Dean, Newcastle
Environmentalists have very loud voices and hefty agendas these days, and their ideals are dominating all aspects of our lives. They are attacking fossil fuels through emission regulation: blocking forest sales, coal leases, grazing, oil/gas permits, and more. If we can't log and manage our forests, mine and burn our coal, drill and use our oil, and gas, than what are people supposed to do? Sit in a circle, hold hands and sing Kumbaya?
There are two sides to every story, and balance is the important key. The use of resources can be balanced with the environment. Most industries seek, develop and implement ways to be harmonious with the environment. Forest/land management, mining reclamation, and cleaner emission technologies are a few examples of good environmental stewardship. Proper management and good use of resources creates American jobs, provides products and services, and generates much needed revenue and taxes.
The latest EPA rule published in the Federal Register on April 12, 2012, proposes to regulate greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act, limiting CO2 emissions to 1,000 pounds per megawatt-hour. The rule ultimately blocks construction of new coal-fired power plants in the future in the U.S. The EPA is ignoring clean coal technology and the fact that the newest coal-fired power plants have the latest and greatest emission technology. The EPA should not be casting rules to eliminate state-of- the-art coal-fired power plants and our Energy Department should be finding ways to encourage construction of them with the same gusto they have for so-called green energies.
Over-regulation to the point of killing thousands of coal and related jobs and an industry that has enough reserves to economically power the country for centuries is not following an "all of the above energy strategy."
The earth has experienced many natural warming and cooling periods and will continue to do so. This ruling is a blatant attempt to control something the EPA has absolutely no power over, Mother Nature. No one can control the weather. Our country must have an affordable energy source to remain competitive in the global marketplace today, and coal needs to remain a vital domestic power on our country's strategic energy list.
Your comment is important, let the EPA know how this ruling will affect you and your family's health and welfare. Can you afford an increased utility bill? Will you lose your job or home? How will this affect your business?
All EPA public comments should be identified by Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2011-0660, and must be submitted by June 12, 2012, in one of the following methods; www.regulations.gov, follow the online instructions for submitting comments. Email to a-and-r-Docket@epa.gov or mail to Air & Radiation Docket & Information Center, Environmental Protection Agency, Mail Code 2822T, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20460. Send a copy of your comments to Governor Matt Mead, by email to governor.wy.gov or mail to Governor Matt Mead, State Capitol, 200 West 24th Street, Cheyenne, WY 82002.