Supporters of Kentucky Coal Mining Fight EPA Regulations

Monday, June 13, 2011

The battle over environmental regulations has reached a fever pitch in Kentucky. The EPA is proposing a package of major policy rules aimed at curbing emissions from coal-fired plants, drawing widespread opposition from business interests. Backers of the Kentucky's coal mining industry are fighting the EPA over regulations, with some going so far as saying Kentucky should be a "sanctuary," protected from all EPA regulations.

The fight in Kentucky surrounds the permits for surface mines. The EPA says it has an obligation to protect water quality throughout Appalachia and scores of permits, mostly for surface mining, have been held up. We take a closer look at those affected by the fight between the environment and the economy continues.

Produced by:

Rupert Allman

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SocialistsopposeCapitalism from Ohio

Why does America need to continue to remake the wheel – at taxpayers expense, when people are TaxedEnoughAlready? Existing technology/coal has proven to outperform solar and wind.
- townhall-com/U.S. Has Cut Emissions ... Without Cap and Tax Feb 19, 2011 “...While the federal Environmental Protection Administration is about to impose regulations and taxes on carbon emissions by executive fiat -- in the name of stopping global climate change -- the United States has already dramatically cut its emissions and probably has already complied with the Kyoto/Copenhagen goals for reduced emissions. And this has been done without taxes, without regulations and without government intervention...Just as the Obama stimulus package was designed to increase public spending, not to stimulate anything, so the environmental regulations are exploiting public concern over climate change to ratify a growth in government power and oversight. And that's the inconvenient truth...”
Supply and demand has always been better than forced federal mandates – when will people demand to be represented – are people not concerned that we are getting used? One way to “fundamentally transform” a nation is through education – and the referenced is prof of how the far left will diligently work for their end – whatever it takes to get what they want.
-Washingtonpost-com White House Adviser Van Jones Resigns Amid Controversy Over Past Activism
the blaze-com - GREEN MAKE BELIEVE: Van Jones Admits Left is ‘PRETENDING’ Need for Regulations in Green Movement – VIDEO - Dec 21, 2010 In this video he is encouraging young folks to go to the EPA, and Congress and show your support for the carbon tax/cap and trade. He states there are only 3 options regulation, tax, or permits. Apparently he is saying the carbon [crisis] is damaging the planet; and by not taxing people to put an end to this horrendous atrocity, thereby providing environmentally friendly, [federal,union, and public service] jobs for people, the economy will suffer.
- riehlworldview-com/carnivorous conservative/2007/03/Al Gore's Inconvenient Loot “... Gore's company, GIM was specifically established to take financial advantage of new technologies and solutions related to combating Global Warming... this all means higher prices and taxes with more regulation and an altered standard of living for people like you and me, while Al Gore sits ensconced in his other America reaping profits from each new government mandate for us, business and even government itself. It's win win, alright, but mostly for Al.... To add insult to injury, Gore chose Peter S. Knight, an old friend and colleague some are sure to recall, as the US President of GIM...”
generationim-com/about “... generation investment management ... is an independent, private, owner-managed partnership ...The firm was co-founded in 2004 by Al Gore and David Blood. – Sustainable Investing for the Long Term

Jun. 15 2011 01:10 PM
listener

The ripple effects of this administration regulating energy in Kentucky and elsewhere means a skyrocketing of electricity costs along with gas prices which means the cost of everything goes up. If a business is paying more for everything, how can they hire new workers? Kentucky's loss is China's gain.

Jun. 13 2011 10:50 AM
Dan Patton

I thought that your segment on Appalachian surface mining was extremely one sided. You hardly mentioned the massive consequences felt by that region as the result of surface mining. You framed the conversation as if it was environmentalism vs. economic opportunity. Surface mining has incredibility adverse health effects (for further information read, Health-Related Quality of Life Among Central Appalachian Residents in Mountaintop Mining Counties. Keith J. Zullig, PhD, MSPH and Michael Hendryx, PhD). Furthermore, coal related jobs are and have been on a steady decrease. In particular, surface mining jobs are often sub-contracted to non-local workers. I moved to Detroit from West Virginia and suggest that anyone that believes that the EPA is doing a disservice to the people of Appalachia by restricting permits ought to visit a surface mining sight. An EPA free zone in coal rich Central Appalachia would devastate one of the most culturally and ecologically rich areas in the world. There is much more to the story and I believe that your listeners ought to hear it.

Jun. 13 2011 09:20 AM

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