Climate Consensus: Most Against Obama’s Clean Power Plan

Though, let’s be honest, it was predictable that people in Wyoming would not back it

Climate change rule opponents in majority at Wyoming hearing

Opponents of climate-change regulations that face repeal under President Donald Trump’s administration outnumbered supporters at a hearing in Wyoming’s coal country.

Tuesday’s hearing in Gillette was the last of four held from West Virginia to San Francisco. About 40 percent of the nation’s coal comes from large mines near Gillette.

The Casper Star-Tribune reports over 200 people attended the hearing on the proposed regulations from President Barack Obama’s administration. The rules would seek to reduce greenhouse gas produced by coal-fired power plants.

What they were debating specifically is the Clean Power Plan, as the Casper Star-Tribune notes, and the above, which comes from the AP, doesn’t. It may play well in places like San Francisco (which uses vast amounts of a different fossil fuel), but not in the Heartland, where even Democrats stand against it (at least in voice)

Democrat Mary Throne, also vying to replace Gov. Matt Mead later this year, said the Clean Power Plan was a faulty approach to addressing emissions.

“Coal is not the enemy,” she said, calling for a replacement.

I’ve said before and I’ll say again, I’m no big fan of coal, because it is dirty, and I’m not referring to “carbon pollution.” But, until we can replace it with affordable, reliable energy sources it needs to stick around.

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