The EPA's proposed carbon rule would reduce air pollution

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On Thursday, the Environmental Protection Agency will start taking public comments on the EPA’s proposed carbon rule under the president’s Clean Power Plan. Those people for and against the proposed regulation will be in attendance.

What we need to do is determine exactly what we know: We know that the planet, both the land and oceans, are heating up, due to emissions of CO2 and methane (this is an emerging scientific truth). We know that the oceans are becoming more acidic because of our emissions, threatening to collapse the marine food chain that we depend on. Finally, we know, thanks to Drexel University’s Robert Bruell, of an ongoing billion-dollar-a-year effort to keep people in denial of the benefit of the industries that will be affected by the proposed regulation.

To those still employed in the fossil industries who might be part of the opposition, I say this: Barack Obama is not your enemy. The only war he is waging is the one aimed at preserving a livable world for you and your kids. The “war on coal” is a fabrication aimed at making you do someone’s political dirty work for them. Be angry with the politicians who refused to accept the science and help you transition to new careers. The whalers were angry, too, when their industry died. We could have gotten out in front of this challenge but failed to do so because of fabricated denial.

That is why you are in this position, because someone decided their profit margin was more important than your kid’s right to a living planet.

TIM KELLY
Sewickley

 


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