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Gary Varvel

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  1. mikefive

    mikefive said, over 2 years ago

    I’m not a big fan of the EPA, but I think that checking the Bear Run Mine run off only once a month is entirely inadequate.

  2. Rx71Wm29

    Rx71Wm29 GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    So, jobs are more important that clean air? If so, how many potential emplyees will be availabie if the air is so fowl that no one survives to work in the mines?

  3. magicwalnut

    magicwalnut GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    @Rx…Well, if no one is available to work in the mines, the air will be cleaner! It may be a round about plan, but it will get us there…..

  4. jack75287

    jack75287 said, over 2 years ago

    I have had a bad feeling about the EPA for years.

  5. Wraithkin

    Wraithkin said, over 2 years ago

    At some point there’s a diminishment of returns on protections to the environment. Here’s what I mean:

    You are right; they had to fix the smog issues. They had to clean up their act. But, once you get to that point, and then pass it… that’s when you start hurting people and jobs. Businesses will do one of three things if regulations are pushed on them: They cut jobs, raise prices on consumers, or both. All of these hurt every day people, especially lower-and-middle class people.

    The EPA on more than one occasion has crossed the line from “protecting the environment,” to “trying to accomplish some political agenda.” There needs to be a balance, and politics should be kept out of it. What they are doing now is politics and hurts the average American worker.

  6. Rad-ish

    Rad-ish GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    I’ve had a bad feeling about the Republicans ever since they declared the Obama admin a failure on the day he was sworn in. They did their best to make him a one term president and are working harder at destroying the country so he doesn’t get that crucial third term.

  7. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    Better to be putting up solar panels. And don’t forget the means of storing electricity. Since to be slaved to such a dirty, dangerous job and energy source is short sighted. To promote violence and such is also bordering on criminal when there are other ways.

  8. Quipss

    Quipss said, over 2 years ago

    The Obama, as you seem to like to call him/it/ whatever you choose, has taken actions against coal.

    Now considering this is a low capital industry as opposed to other energies ( including natural gas, oil). It can actually function as economic stimulus.

    Coal is essentially the most regressive form of energy in what is the laziest industry in terms of trying to actually extract energy from coal (due to abundance) with most plants functioning at all of 25-30% efficiency as opposed to most energy production being 40% +

    If there is any desire to make coal competitive beyond its low capital investment then this is the right direction to take as it creates market pressure

  9. Wraithkin

    Wraithkin said, over 2 years ago

    Cap & Trade, specifically. Not so much in limiting carbon, but when Obama specifically states that he is going to make it so costly to own a coal power plant that it will bankrupt them, that’s a political agenda. And the arm of government that would enforce that agenda would be the EPA. That’s politicizing an environmental protection effort. Your goal, for such an effort, should be to protect the environment, not tax/punish a business into bankruptcy.

  10. denis1112

    denis1112 said, over 2 years ago

    I remember smog in LA.I also remember a government employee telling me we had smog where I live.But all the weather forcasters around here kept referring to it as sea fog because it rolled in off the ocean.

  11. denis1112

    denis1112 said, over 2 years ago

    Obama declared war on coal, and he’s ,just keeping that promise.

    And the promise of shovel ready jobs.Something was shovel ready alright,all of his promises.

  12. Mr. Ngn33r

    Mr. Ngn33r GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    Not so, anti-coal…are you parroting talking points?

  13. Hawthorne

    Hawthorne said, over 2 years ago

    “I’ve had a bad feeling about Al-obama ever since he opened his mouth!”

    I’ve had a bad feeling about the environment since …. oh, about 1980 …

  14. TJDestry

    TJDestry GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    So, the fact that the EPA is moving after the canary is dead but before the miners are also killed ….

  15. Wraithkin

    Wraithkin said, over 2 years ago

    It’s not about increasing his political power, it’s about accomplishing a specific political agenda. His goal isn’t to save the environment, his goal is to assert his dominance over a specific industry and make it so costly to the consumer that the turn to “Green” alternatives. It’s not his job to pick winners and losers, nor is it his job to dictate pricing structures (either directly or through coercion).

    When he makes blanket statements like that, he is ignoring the real world. Renewable energy isn’t a viable replacement right now, and all his machinations will do is increase the costs for working-class people. Something like this should go through Congress, not the EPA. The will of the people should be dictating environmental policy, not an ideologue.

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