The Senators from
Kentucky King Coal are back at it, trying to stop the Environmental Protection Agency from protecting us from the environmental damage of mining coal.
Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul introduced legislation last Thursday that curtails the EPA’s power to delay or veto permits for coal mining projects.
According to Andrew Leonard,
The coal industry is upset at the EPA for quashing the huge Spruce No. 1 mine in West Virginia. Paul, who made some waves during his campaign for senator when he characterized the deaths of 29 coal miners at Massey Energy’s Upper Big Branch mine as an example of the “accidents and unfortunate things that do happen no matter what the regulations are,” is exactly the kind of libertarian senator that most big polluters dream of. But the ironic, or ridiculous, part of his “good first step” statement is of course the fact that the action taken by the EPA’s “unelected bureaucracy” was the clear result of an election.
It should be a no-brainer. We all agree that coal mining—especially mountaintop removal—has disastrous effects on the natural and social environment, which therefore requires strong EPA controls.
All of us, except the Senators from King Coal.