In Push To Protect Big Coal, Alabama Officials Say New EPA Regulations Violate God’s Will
Pushing back against new Environmental Protection Agency standards limiting carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants, Alabama officials gathered Monday to argue that the new federal policy flouted the Almighty’s will by regulating a God-given resource.
“Who has the right to take what God’s given a state?” Alabama Public Service Commission (PSC) member-elect Chip Beeker asked during a news conference held in the offices of the Alabama Coal Association on Monday, according to AL.com.
…The EPA has estimated that, nationally, the reduced emissions will produce climate and health benefits worth an estimated $55 billion to $93 billion per year in 2030, preventing 2,700 to 6,600 premature deaths and up to 150,000 asthma attacks in children.
Cavanaugh and other Alabama GOP leaders were scheduled to testify on the regulations on Tuesday at an Atlanta EPA hearing.
These are pretty much the same people who used God as cover for thier lies about WMD in Iraq which resulted in the deaths and maiming of hundreds of thousands of people, including over 4000 of thier fellow Americans. Acting on carbon emissions will have health benefits and create jobs,
Further, CCS estimates that 20 additional policies implemented selectively at the national level or by states and localities would produce these benefits:
1.24 million net new full-time jobs by 2020;
$88 billion in additional GDP, accumulating to more than $ 1 trillion between now and 2030;
Net societal savings of more than $1.4 trillion between now and 2030;
A reduction in oil imports of 135 million barrels in 2020 and 5 billion barrels between now and 2030;
Greater diversity in our energy mix, less summer peak demand for electricity and better energy productivity (only 14% of the energy we consume today produces useful work);
A reduction of 466 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions in 2020 and a cumulative reduction of 13.5 billion metric tons between now and 2030