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Tom Toles

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  1. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, about 2 years ago

    Well, they’ve been good a providing a pretty good fog for a long time, spontaneous combustion in that pile next to the bull pen.

  2. ConserveGov

    ConserveGov said, about 2 years ago

    Once again King Barry dismisses Congress and forces this predictably horrible law on Americans.
    Ya 500,000 people laid off their jobs and the average family will pay over $1000 more a year on electricity. Great!
    As if he hasn’t made things horrible enough on average American families the last 5 years.

  3. Mephistopheles

    Mephistopheles GoComics PRO Member said, about 2 years ago

    I wonder how those coal miners in appalachia will feed their families now that Obama has destroyed their livliehood with the stroke of his pen?

    And I sure am looking forward to seeing the boost in my utility bill so that he can curry favor with the econuts.

    Hang in there America. We only have to tolerate this doofus for another 2.5 years

  4. Robert H. Boyer

    Robert H. Boyer GoComics PRO Member said, about 2 years ago

    Tom I presume you and your ilk are ready to go back to horse and buggy days and kerosene lamps. Of course with limited electricity maybe kerosene will be in short supply. No worry though we can still fall back on tallow dips, i.e. candles. You see we were scared spitless by TMI and so the greatest percentage of our electricity is coal generated, but go ahead and prove once and for everyone to see just how regressive the liberal left is in this country.

  5. Ted Lind

    Ted Lind GoComics PRO Member said, about 2 years ago

    God forbid we should do anything that would hurt the billionaire Texas oil and gas constituency. However there is a bright spot of bipartisanship here. Liberals like to see high oil and gas prices because it pushes the green agenda, conservatives love it because they can raise gas and oil prices as much as they want. Obama doesn’t drive gas prices, Texas good old boys do!

  6. emptc12

    emptc12 said, about 2 years ago

    An interesting article:
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    http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/energy/2014/03/140331-carbon-capture-kemper-coal-climate/

  7. nordwonder

    nordwonder said, about 2 years ago

    @Mephistopheles

    You can’t keep suckkng off the future, because eventually, there ain’t no future left. As with any extraction industry, the end comes sooner of later. Look at all the ghost towns in the west. Alternative to keeping Apalachian jobs would be new jobs in clean energy, or let them keep mining until we can move them all to the coast to build dikes.

  8. omQ R

    omQ R said, about 2 years ago

    I’ve noticed that many folks here rarely read the helpful links provided by others.
    This could be for safety reasons since it is easy to link to unhelpful virus-laden trap sites, in which case simply hover your mouse above the link to read the url; or people really don’t care to read too much.
    That’s why Michael gets so many flies. It’s all just honey for many (instead of detecting the poisonous barbs)

  9. Kip W

    Kip W said, about 2 years ago

    It’s touching that so many here would rather see the air get worse and worse rather than impact oil company profits. If an alternate source of power is used, it will take people to run (and therefore will create jobs).
    Westfield, MA, used to be the buggy whip capital of the world. Darn shame it’s not any more, but the town seems to be gradually pulling itself together. It’s possible.

  10. Radish

    Radish GoComics PRO Member said, about 2 years ago

    When Bush introduced new EPA regulations the Chicken Little right wingers cried, “Its communism, the end of our country!”

  11. Mephistopheles

    Mephistopheles GoComics PRO Member said, about 2 years ago

    @trusty

    Since we are playing blow by blow – let’s start with the 30% down from 40%. I won’t even try to dispute the figures but I will rely on a basic macro-economic principle. If the demand goes down then it follows that the price point will go down as well. And if coal mines are getting less $$/ton for there coal then they will have less to pay their workers meaning they will either lay some off or close less profitable mines. All your moral indignation will do nothing to feed the families of those miners that were employed in those closed mines. Not to mention the support industries that grew up around that mine: Fuel tenders, canteen workers, grocery stores, drug stores, gas stations, bars, etc. etc. You seem pretty willing to write off those people as the cost of doing YOUR dirty business of making us all safer from evil coal.

    The EPA has almost always lowballed the impact of their rules and just because they say it will ONLY do $8 billion in damage to the economy is not very comforting. I won’t bore you with the multiplier affect (that I doubt they factored in) but that will do a lot of damage to the US economy and ENORMOUS damage to the communities where those miners work. But they are tools of those evil coal mines so they deserve to suffer – right?

    I don’t know about YOUR main street but I look around the communities near me and I see many still unemployed. Many still struggling to regain their footing in a weak economic expansion. I’m sure they will be thrilled to wait another few years to get a job so Liberal Blowhards like you can support the President no matter what damage he does to our economic well being.

    I love how you point to $55billion to $93billion as the value of avoiding premature deaths from respiratory ailments. By that argument we could double our economic well being if we simply did away with cars, planes, and many of the creature comforts to which we have all grown accustomed.
    Those savings don’t mean anything to me. Again you can wrap yourself up in your self-righteous fervor because it isn’t affecting you or your community but that doesn’t make what he is PROPOSING right.

    If King Bigears would focus on improving the economy first; maybe we could afford to make some steps towards a greener future. But unfortunately he has followed Jimmy Carter’s cue and stated that we just need to bear it.

    We will be better off when he is gone.

  12. Night-Gaunt49

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

    @Mephistopheles

    The Coal Industries have been replacing humans with machines for years so were you bothered when they have been doing that for 20 years putting families out of work then? And at no savings of lives?

  13. Night-Gaunt49

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

    So it is that there is no hope so just do it anyway? Doesn’t work. An China is working on it. But if we don’t lead the way—-and help them, then who will?

  14. Night-Gaunt49

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

    […]
    Pollution, including CO2, costs a lot, too. This is the fundamental point that undermines nearly every argument against reasonable curbs on emissions of all kinds. Polluting industries naturally like to think of their under- or unregulated byproducts as “externalities” for which they must make no accounting. Fans of “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” will understand externalities as the classic case of an SEP, or “Somebody Else’s Problem.”

    But they are everyone’s problem — and cost a lot in terms of lives and treasure. Consider just one 2011 peer-reviewed study from the EPA, which found that reductions in both fine particle and ozone pollution achieved since 1990 had likely prevented more than 160,000 premature deaths, 130,000 heart attacks, millions of cases of bronchitis and asthma attacks, 86,000 hospital admissions and — for the task masters out there — 13 million lost workdays and 3.2 million lost school days.
    […]
    http://www.bloombergview.com/articles/2014-06-01/obama-s-carbon-rules-can-boost-the-economy

  15. Night-Gaunt49

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

    The same sky-is-falling dirges have been wailed by the fossil fuel industry, and the car industry over safety measures and pollution reduction. Hasn’t stopped them yet.

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