Health or Jobs?

30 Jul

A recent news report about the reaction of some officials in Alabama to the EPA’s new standards for carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants [www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/29/alabama-coal-epa-god_n_5630945.html] states:

“Pushing back against new Environmental Protection Agency standards limiting carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants, Alabama officials gathered Monday to argue that the new federal policy flouted the Almighty’s will by regulating a God-given resource.

“’Who has the right to take what God’s given a state?’ Alabama Public Service Commission (PSC) member-elect Chip Beeker asked during a news conference held in the offices of the Alabama Coal Association on Monday, according to AL.com.

“By 2030, the Obama administration’s new rules would require Alabama to reduce carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants by 27 percent from 2012 levels.”

The use of a resource of the earth in coal-fired and polluting power plants is God’s will????

This is just more example of how Republicans at the state and federal levels are choosing jobs and profits over any long-term positive benefits that might accrue to the common good, such as the long-term health and climate benefits of the EPA’s new standards.

In reality, this is a false choice. If, for instance, we permit coal-fired power plants to continue spewing pollutants into the air, eventually those who would fill the jobs would be too sick to do so and illness and death would reduce the number of potential buyers of the coal-produced power.

Unfortunately, too many Americans (especially those watching Fox “News”) will vote the short term (jobs) rather than the long-term good for all.

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One Response to “Health or Jobs?”

  1. jameswcushing May 29, 2015 at 10:08 am #

    Reblogged this on judicialsupport and commented:
    Ken Kastle is a parishioner with me at our church St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church in Abington, PA. He writes a blog called “Looking at Things Through My Eyes.” Mr. Kastle has had a long career in education and often views his politics as I do, so I often find his blog posts compelling. Below is one of the posts to his blog, enjoy!

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