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EPA’s Coal Regulation 11 City “Listening Tour” Ignores Coal Dependent States

As if driving miners out of work and closing coal power plants is not enough, now the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is adding insult to injury by ignoring states that depend on coal in the agency’s 11 city greenhouse gas regulation listening tour.

The tour schedule reaffirms that the goal of President Obama’s war on coal is designed to please progressive elites at the expense of hard working Americans in fly over states.

The agency’s “public listening sessions” is designed “to solicit ideas and input from the public and stakeholders about the best Clean Air Act approaches to reducing carbon pollution from existing power plants.”

Shockingly, left wing cities that are economically detached from coal, such as San Francisco, are on EPA’s tour while cities in coal dependent states such as West Virginia, Ohio and Indiana are ignored.

For example, California gets 1 percent of its electricity from coal while West Virginia, Indiana and Ohio get 96, 83 and 78 percent, respectively, get their power from coal. Similarly, leading coal mining states such as Kentucky, Wyoming and West Virginia are also absent from the tour.

EPA’s climate change listening tour is another example of the Obama administration’s absolute disregard for the truth. The agency has clearly manipulated its listening tour to generate positive feedback and to silence the voices of communities that are most affected by President Obama’s war on coal.

If EPA bureaucrats had any courage, they would face those families that are going to be devastated by the agency’s climate change regulations.

For more information read Michael Bastasch’s Daily Caller story, “EPA to hold coal plant hearings nowhere near coal country.”

Tom Borelli

Dr. Tom Borelli is a Newsmax TV contributor and radio commentator addressing political issues from a conservative grassroots perspective. As a columnist, he has written for The Washington Times and authored articles for Newsmax Magazine, Newsmax Insider and previously was a co-host with his wife Deneen Borelli on the SiriusXM Patriot channel. Dr. Borelli appeared on numerous television programs, including the highly ranked Fox News Channel’s “The O’Reilly Factor,” “Hannity,” “The Kelly File," and "America’s News Headquarters." He has also appeared on Fox Business Network’s “Making Money with Charles Payne” and “After the Bell” as well as TheBlaze TV’s "The Glenn Beck Program" and "Dana!" Prior to working for public policy organizations, Dr. Borelli was a managing partner with the investment advisory firm of Action Fund Management, LLC and a portfolio manager for the Free Enterprise Action Fund (FEAF) where he used shareholder activism to challenge corporations that sought to profit from the growth of government. During his 25 years with the Altria Group, Inc., he built a foundation in public policy and issues management, drawing from diverse experiences ranging from basic research to corporate affairs. Dr. Borelli served as science fellow for the U.S. House of Representatives' Committee on Science, Space, and Technology during the 100th Congress. Dr. Borelli has also published scientific papers on interferon and human leukemia.

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