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Thursday, November 20

Another New Policy for the Obama Administration to undo

Bush must be getting BJ's from the coal people because the EPA is pushing through new air quality rules "that would make it easier to build coal-fired power plants, oil refineries and other major polluters near national parks and wilderness areas," according to this story in the Washington Post. As usual, new air quality rules would actually weaken the clean air protections that are already in place. Most of the EPA's regional administrators are outraged by this decision. Read the short article for the details.

I'm not sure that Obama knew about the new EPA rules, but Obama seeks immediate action to curb emissions
"Now is the time to confront this challenge once and for all," Obama said. "Delay is no longer an option. Denial is no longer an acceptable response. The stakes are too high, the consequences too serious."

He repeated his campaign promise to create a system that limits carbon dioxide emissions and forces companies to pay for the right to emit the gas. Using the money collected from that system, Obama plans to invest $15 billion each year in alternative energy. That investment - in solar, wind and nuclear power, as well as advanced coal technology - will create jobs at a time of economic turmoil, he said.

"It will ... help us transform our industries and steer our country out of this economic crisis by generating 5 million new green jobs that pay well and can't be outsourced," Obama said.
Obama's plan will force companies to pay for emitting green houses gases. "As a result, alternative energy technologies should become more cost-competitive with fossil fuels."

Everyone in my family including moi will be lining up for one of those well paying green jobs that can't be outsourced.

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