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ZachFL June 2nd, 2014 8:09pm

Do you agree with Obama's new coal burning laws?

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RJ1969 SoCal
06/02/14 3:46 pm

They have 15 years to comply. Did you know that US reliance on coal has been steadily dropping? And that more power can come from natural gas thanks to fracking?

Sounds to me like the free market will solve the coal problem anyway.

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ScrewU Gone
06/02/14 4:01 pm

So why don't we let it, rather than risking people's lives and economic security?

RJ1969 SoCal
06/02/14 4:07 pm

Because the claim "people's lives and economic security" is a load of crap. Regulating businesses with detrimental effects is not new. And they have been doing just fine.

skinner Wisconsin
06/02/14 3:10 pm

I would clarify that they are not laws so much as they are directives. For that reason I oppose the measure, but at the same time I do feel a cap and trade program would be beneficial, but this is not the proper way to go about it.

ScrewU Gone
06/02/14 2:58 pm

The position of the coal industry is that it will not be economically feasible to retrofit plants as they reach the end of service. We will lose about 1/3 of our coal energy capacity within 10 years.

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ScrewU Gone
06/02/14 2:59 pm

They point out that we barely had the capacity to heat homes during last winters polar vortex. The next one is likely to result in thousands of deaths from exposure.

ScrewU Gone
06/02/14 4:00 pm

Humorous

chickencookie It really is
06/02/14 2:47 pm

Who is paying for all this?

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smatsspats
06/02/14 2:13 pm

Plz make a link. What did he do???

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rons screw politicians
06/02/14 2:04 pm

His plan is to remove the democrats from congress!

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itsOkay no longer answering here
06/02/14 1:57 pm

As much As I dislike coal plants the Feds have no business regulating in this way. The states where the coal plants are located, however, have a legitimate say. Personally I don't care anything about carbon output, but carcinogenic output is bad.

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ScrewU Gone
06/02/14 2:56 pm

That's already regulated by the EPA. Has been for decades.

Were you aware that until the Obama administration, the EPA held the position that they have no legal authority to regulate CO2? It's not a pollutant.

itsOkay no longer answering here
06/02/14 3:01 pm

Yes. I'm aware of that. It's not a pollutant which is why I don't care about regulating it.

RJ1969 SoCal
06/02/14 3:41 pm

How are you two defining pollutant?

itsOkay no longer answering here
06/02/14 4:09 pm

As everything bad that gets emitted except carbon. :-) haha. Gotcha there.

think4yourself Not a safe space
06/02/14 1:46 pm

No. It is just going to cost American jobs and make energy and products made in the USA more expensive for everyone.

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RJ1969 SoCal
06/02/14 3:44 pm

....says the coal producers and coal plant public relations teams.

RJ1969 SoCal
06/02/14 3:47 pm

They said the exact same thing relating to mercury emission limits and acid rain reduction policies.

How'd that work out?