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Manchin is wrong for questioning EPA on emissions regulation

By The Parthenon
On April 6, 2012

West Virginia State Senator Joe Manchin III said he will fight against the Environmental Protection Agency for attempting to control the greenhouse emission that West Virginia coal-powered plants produce.

This comes after the EPA suggested that all coal-powered plants have proper equipment installed to abate greenhouse gases from being released because of their operations.

The EPA, and a litany of other scientists, said the burning of fossil fuels is causing the earths temperature to increase thus, global warming. It seems that every other person recognizes that global warming is indeed real and poses a threat to both the earth and all of its inhabitants, every person except the people that need to recognize this such as Senator Manchin.

Currently, there are no limits on the amount of greenhouse gases can be emitted by coal-powered plants. The EPA, despite many lapses it has had in the past, is attempting to secure a safer environment for both the current generations and the ones that will follow.

Any, yet again, many in West Virginia are frightened by the thought of some government agency coming in and telling them how to run their business. If we wish to continue to pride ourselves on the beauty of West Virginia and Appalachia, it is time everyone recognizes that there are direct threats to this landscape (mountaintop removal) and indirect threats such as global warming.

What will it take for all of us to recognize that the world as we currently know it, will be drastically different in the next 20 years if we continue to degrade the earth? It is time that both the politicians of this state and more importantly the people of this state, pressure those at the top to recognize their lives are more important that profits. West Virginias future will not include coal.

No matter what many say, the resource is becoming depleted ,and it is time we, as Americans, find more efficient, sustainable ways of producing energy. A good place to start would be by capping the amount of emissions that coal-powered plants in West Virginia produce.

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