EPA Hearings Begin Today in Denver

EPA-300The Environmental Protection Agency begins their Denver hearings on new carbon emissions standards today.  The EPA was asked by numerous parties, including the mining associations of several states, Americans For Prosperity, state and federal lawmakers, local officials and others to hold their hearings in a part of the state where coal is a major economic driver, however the agency refused.  Those groups are now headed to Denver for a protest rally that is expected to number in the thousands.  Protestors will come from Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, and other coal producing states.  Some of the attendees include Colorado gubernatorial candidate Bob Beauprez, State Representative Ray Scott, Craig City Council member and Club 20 member Ray Beck, and representatives of Peabody Energy, the Montana Chamber of Commerce, the Wyoming Business Alliance, the AFL-CIO Wyoming, Americans For Prosperity, the Independence Institute, and more.  Moffat County Commissioner John Kinkaid will be one of the speakers at the hearings inside the Capitol.  Kinkaid will talk about the economic hardships the rules will have on rural Colorado and rural America.  Those that didn’t make the trip to Denver can attend a supporting rally this afternoon at the Clarion, formerly known as the Holiday Inn.  That rally will be held from noon to 3, and there will be hot dogs and snack available for $4 per person.  There will also be live video feed of the Denver Rally through the internet video chat program, Skype.

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