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Republican governors from oil-and-gas rich states said Monday that new federal rules designed to cut emissions linked to global warming from power plants by 30 percent by 2030 will kill jobs and growth.

Governors signing the letter were Sean Parnell of Alaska, Mike Pence of Indiana, Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, Phil Bryant of Mississippi, Pat McCrory of North Carolina, Jack Dalrymple of North Dakota, Tom Corbett of Pennsylvania, Rick Perry of Texas and Matthew H. Mead of Wyoming.

Mead, whose state produces the most coal in the country, said he — like the others — will use a public comment period to express reservations and hope that the Environmental Protection Agency will make satisfactory changes to the rules before they become official. Wyoming currently has 11 outstanding lawsuits against the federal agency and will not hesitate to challenge these rules in court if necessary, he said.

"We view this as a problem for Wyoming," Mead said.

The letter to President Barack Obama on Monday says data shows "millions of jobs will be lost and billions of dollars will be spent" to comply with the regulations to cut carbon dioxide emissions from power plants and other federal rules. All nine governors who signed the letter are Republican.

Carbon dioxide is the chief gas linked to global warming from U.S. power plants.

But Dalrymple, whose state has enjoyed unprecedented economic growth due to a recent oil drilling boom, said he and Mead recently met for breakfast with EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy and told her that there was no feasible and economic way to capture carbon dioxide at this time. They questioned how the states are expected to make the necessary cuts to comply with the regulations.

"She talked about fuzzy things about conservation" and more efficient coal plants, Dalrymple said. "I was not satisfied with the answer."

 

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  • Reality
    Did someone just say 'the reality of climate change' hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha
  • data vs opinions
    Perhaps you should turn off the Fox (lies and distortion)network and cease spouting gibberish. The coal industry is a minor (and decreasing) employer in America, lots of jobs are being created for building and operating alternative power generation facilities. GDP growth is better in the US at present than in most of the rest of the developed world. Our stock market is at a record high; S&P 500 companies have record profits and cash balances (which many are not investing) and the 1% continue to receive an increasing share of all US economic growth. If you are not participating in the benefits of this growth, then perhaps you should direct your complaints to Obama, Boehner et al. If your health is being negatively impacted by the poor air quality in Indiana then demand that the EPA close down the 50+ year-old coal-fired power stations that are the largest air pollution source in Indiana.
  • re: Todd's strawman argument
    Sorry to be a tool, but there isn't much point in having a booming economy if the cost is the health and well-being of the citizenry (not to mention all of the other living things on the planet, to which you attribute absolutely no value). And I somehow doubt that the reason our economy isn't booming (although the markets seem to differ) is because of restrictions on carbon emissions. If we need oil and coal jobs to keep the country afloat in the modern age, then we are truly, seriously in trouble.
  • Knee Jerk Again
    I would venture a bet that Pence did not look at the whole picture, but rather voiced the concerns of those folks who have money in the game and don't want to adapt to the reality of climate change. Where is the thoughtful investigation of how to achieve the goals and create the jobs that would flow from the new law?
  • a dose of reality
    Capturing CO2 from coal-fired power plants is being done successfully for years - so yes it is technically feasible. But there are only a few very small commercial markets for the captured CO2 so the process is not economically viable. This will not save the coal industry. The EPA proposal lets states decide how to reduce their CO2 emissions from power plants by closing older units, switching to natural gas, wind or solar power generation (already of these are already happening) or by encouraging energy conservation (replacing lights bulbs is very cheap and effective). Indiana has already reduced our CO2 emissions by 20% since 2005 - which is two thirds of the reduction proposed by the EPA for us by 2030. I doubt that the majority of Hoosiers even noticed this reduction - except perhaps for the jobs created by installing wind and natural gas power generation facilities. Do not waste time listening to Pence and these other windbags whine about the 'economic impact' of reducing CO2 emissions. There is already a measurable economic impact from reducing CO2 emissions for the last ten years - and it is more investment and more jobs.
  • Screw the enviroment
    "Cough" It seems these fools Cough" would happily let the "Cough...cough" earth become "cough" uninhabitable "Cough"

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