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  •  And what is really depressing (3+ / 0-)

    Dems in WV, KY, and VA have joined Republicans in pushing back against regulations. For example, KY governor Steve Beshear has sided with the coal industry against any strengthening of the permitting process for mountaintop removal mines to cut valley fills.

    "Kentucky can and does mine coal while at the same time protecting Kentucky's environment," Beshear said in a news release. "However, the arbitrary and unreasonable decisions being made by the EPA threaten to end the responsible mining of coal and eliminate the jobs of an estimated 18,000 Kentucky miners who depend on mining for their livelihood."

    I am deeply moved by the Beshear administration's commitment to enforce mining permit requirements in KY. He bundled environmental regulation and energy exploitation into a single unit. It looks like environmental regulation is only a secondary or tertiary priority in the combined EEC structure.

    Be radical in your compassion.

    by DWG on Wed Mar 16, 2011 at 02:20:20 PM PDT

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