OFFICIALS from the Environmental Protection Agency are on an 11-city "listening" tour to hear from citizens about regulating carbon dioxide as a "greenhouse gas."
The EPA is drafting regulations that will take effect by June 2015. This will adversely affect the coal industry.
But the tour goes to places like San Francisco and not West Virginia — where 95 percent of the electricity comes from coal.
Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., is pushing to get EPA officials to at least show common courtesy to the taxpayers and citizens of West Virginia and schedule a hearing in the Mountain State.
"It is difficult to imagine how the EPA could obtain the 'best information available' from which to develop a 'smart, cost-effective' regulation without listening to the people in the states most reliant on coal for electricity," Capito wrote to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy on Monday.
"Given West Virginia's unique perspective as the state that generates the highest percentage of its electricity from coal and as the second-leading producer of coal, West Virginians have a special interest in sharing their views on regulatory efforts targeting existing plants."
Ignoring West Virginia in writing rules — law, really — governing coal makes not one iota of sense.
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