EPA Coal Plans Sparks Controversy
Both sides of the pro and anti coal agenda continue to weigh in on the Obama Administration’s plan to review of the coal leasing program on federal lands, including a pause in “new significant coal leases”. On Friday Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said that the review could take as long as three years. Representative Scott Tipton said the plan “jeopardizes America’s energy future.” “This decision reeks of contempt for rural America and for the most vulnerable Americans who will suffer as electricity prices increase. The environmental group WildEarth Guardians called the announcement a “major victory for the climate and for America.” Moffat County Commissioner John Kinkaid said stopping the use of coal won’t make much of a difference as it will mean only 1/100th of a degree change according to EPA numbers. See comments below.