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My Camera Editorial Advisory Board comment published on Nov. 22, 2008, in response to the Camera’s question: Can we live without building new coal plants, and reducing our use of fossil-fuel based electricity?

The prospect of no new coal-fired power plants would be extreme in today’s current situation. America’s population and needs for energy are growing. Generations of Americans say they cannot “live” without the energy-demanding products that make life easier and more convenient. New products scratching that itch hit the market regularly and count on the backbone of America’s power grid, relatively cheap coal. Nuclear, solar, wind, and hydroelectric cannot currently take up the slack.

As I see it, the Clean Air Act is working. Look at countries like China and India without laws to protect their air if you question the law’s effectiveness. But, some see a recent legal decision by the Environmental Protection Agency’s appeals board as an improvement. It requires CO2 emissions be considered under the Clean Air Act along with other pollutants. The board also requested the EPA establish a broad, national position on CO2 emissions.

Both recommendations sound much more reasonable than President-elect Obama on the campaign trail threatening to bankrupt coal companies. What else can we do now but hope the Environmental Protection Agency responds reasonably to its new requirement?

*This title was not part of the Camera publication.

Source: Daily Camera

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