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The Coming Age of Coal

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This writer recently attended the session in Lenexa, Kansas.   Over 400 people showed up on an overcast Monday afternoon.   The great majority in this conservative, staunchly Republican part of the country were foursquare IN FAVOR of tough EPA standards on carbon emissions. With few exceptions, speakers on the side of the coal and power industries were representatives of mining, public utilities, and the Boilermakers Local Union 93.   Senator Pat Roberts resorted to a common scare tactic:   a "war on coal" will lead to rising electricity prices for Kansans.


What's CLEARLY needed is a set of policies congruent with the facts.   All relevant science points to a slow-motion cosmic train wreck, an endless procession of coal cars destined for power plants that at worst lethally pollute, and, at best, only postpone the inevitable day of reckoning.

Given the powerful interests arrayed against efforts to save the planet, the EPA and Congress, among others, need to hear from the "attentive public".   In a word, US.



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Tom Magstadt earned his doctorate in international relations at Johns Hopkins (SAIS). He is a twice-tenured college professor and political science chair. He also served as a foreign intelligence analyst, a Visiting Professor at the Air University (more...)
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