Packed House at EPA Meeting in Craig

EPA-300Last night’s community meeting with EPA Regional Administrator Shaun McGrath in Craig was very well attended. Miners, industry and community leaders, and others filled the Moffat County High School Auditorium to hear McGrath explain why new carbon emissions rules were needed to stave off the EPA’s claims of human caused climate change. McGrath said his mission was to make sure everyone in attendance understood the EPA’s goals. He used a power point presentation to explain the harmful effects of pollutants and how the EPA believes they are speeding up climate change. Civic, community, industry leaders, and citizens then took their turns at the microphone to inform McGrath how the rules will hurt the economy in the area. One of those speakers was Colorado Northwestern Community College President Russell George, who was one of a few to highlight the jobs and services that will be indirectly affected by the rules. George said if coal mines shut down in the area, CNCC will likely flounder. He says the jobs the mines and power plants provide, create other opportunities for the families of those workers, including employment and schooling. There were also presentations showing the flaws in the science the EPA is using to base it’s efforts, most of which show the rules will not make much difference in the amount of carbon dioxide released in the air. They say the minimal improvement is not worth the hardships the rules will impose on local communities. Many of last night’s speakers received standing ovations. After the speakers were finished, a few of them climbed back on stage to join Moffat County Commissioner John Kinkaid and McGrath to field questions from the audience.

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