EPA's Expensive and Heavy-Handed Regulations Hurt American Families - As Governor Mitt Romney visits Craig, Colorado today to discuss how the EPA is hurting American families, American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity Senior Vice President Evan Tracey released the following statement.
One has to wonder, what is the point in EPA continuing down the path of regulating coal power out of business in the US while China is busy building coal fired plants at a rate where they virtually start up 900MW or so of new plant every week? It does not matter if CO2 is emitted in the US or in China--it disperses in the atmosphere and affects CO2 concentration worldwide. Something that does matter is that China has little mitigation on particulate emissions and toxic chemical emissions from their coal plants whereas new coal plants built here will have much better controls. While the effects of some of these emissions are in the short term more local, eventually they disperse worldwide when caught up by winds or when they get into water and flow into the seas.
I feel that EPA's regulations in the face of lack of regulation elsewhere in the world, particularly rapid growing developing nations, have much more to do with worldwide "social/economic justice" and redistribution of wealth than they do with environmental protection. This movement regards the US as too afluent and seeks to level us out with the "third world" nations by making it too difficult and too expensive to do business and create and maintain jobs in the US.