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EPA kills jobs

| Friday, July 11, 2014, 8:57 p.m.

The Environmental Protection Agency has issued a proposed rule affecting coal-fired power plants that puts American jobs at risk while doing nothing to address climate changes.

The proposed emissions rule will lead to long-term and irreversible job losses for thousands of coal miners, electrical workers, utility workers, railroad workers and others without having any significant impact in reducing global greenhouse gas emissions.

An initial analysis indicates that, beginning in 2020, there will be a loss of 175,000, direct coal generation jobs in the U.S. primarily in coal mines, power plants and railroads. That's 58 percent of those types of jobs.

Ironically, there's no guarantee the rule will significantly improve global climate carbon emissions.

This rule is simply a recipe for disaster in America's coal fields.

Joanne R. Newingham

Kiski Township

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