Letter: New coal regulations hurt the poor
Following the huge increase in U.S. production of natural gas from shale, electricity from coal has already dropped from 50 to 37 percent of the total, which pleases environmentalists. Why then does President Obama now introduce a carbon dioxide regulation against coal plants which the Chamber of Commerce says will cost $50 billion and kill jobs at a time when many Americans are still struggling to find work? He does this on the basis of a Clean Air Act from the 1970s, which was not intended to regulate carbon dioxide. Obama laments the increasing disparity between rich and poor in the U.S., but his regulation will cause increased electricity rates, which would hurt the poor much more than the rich. England has a carbon dioxide tax and the London Spectator has said that there have been many winter deaths among the elderly because they cannot pay the high energy cost. During the period of comment, I hope Americans will speak out against this unwise and unnecessary regulation.
George Christian, via email