Miners union boss says coal industry will suffer same fate as bin Laden
United Mine Workers Association President Cecil Roberts says greenhouse-gas standards for power plants proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency would lead the coal industry to suffer the same fate as Osama bin Laden. "The Navy SEALs shot Osama bin Laden in Pakistan, and Lisa Jackson shot us in Washington," Roberts told a West Virginia radio station this week, The Houston Chronicle reports. The EPA proposal would limit new power plants to 1,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide per megawatt-hour. EPA administrator Lisa Jackson hails the proposed rule as a cost-effective way to transition the United States toward a cleaner fleet of power facilities, noting that current plants are grandfathered in and won't have to comply. The proposal has gotten mixed reactions from Democrats, Republicans and environmentalists. Roberts says the EPA is overstepping its authority. "This rule is an all-out, in my opinion, decision by the EPA that we're never going to have another coal-fired facility in the United States that's constructed," he says. Read the full story here.
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