Another massively offensive attempt to gut the outdoors by the outgoing Administration-

EPA Moves to Ease Air Rules for Parks. Regional Administrators Decry Decision. By Juliet Eilperin
Washington Post Staff Writer. Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Trying to keep the air around and in the national parks has been a 30-year battle. One that is being lost. This just gives up and encourages the opposite.

Fortunately, this new regulation will probably not be completed by the end of the Administration and then dropped by Obama.

A very important recent development, in fact might kill off almost all new coal plants in the short run. I posted it the other day, but it got few readers probably because I billed it as a Nevada issue when it is actually a national victory for clean air.

Here is the Nevada story I posted. “Good news. Three coal plants planned for Nevada may have been killed.” It should probably read “EPA’s Environmental Appeals Board drives a nail into the heart of traditional coal plants.”

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More Bush giveaways

A Christmas present for oil shale developers. Oil shale frenzy. Bush rules a gift to oil companies. Salt Lake
Tribune
Editorial.

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Ralph Maughan

Dr. Ralph Maughan is professor emeritus of political science at Idaho State University with specialties in natural resource politics, public opinion, interest groups, political parties, voting and elections. Aside from academic publications, he is author or co-author of three hiking/backpacking guides, and he is President of the Western Watersheds Project.

2 Responses to EPA Moves to Ease Clean Air Rules for National Parks

  1. avatar Virginia says:

    Hopefully, with the price of oil dropping, this oil shale issue will also be dropped – too expensive. (I don’t want Ralph to think we are not reading these stories, just because everyone doesn’t comment. I read everything posted here!)

  2. Virginia,

    Thanks!

    The economy is dropping so fast that our thinking will have to fundamentally change Hopefully it is for just the short run.

    I think most of these energy projects are going to shelved unless they get massive government subsidies, which some may do as a way of stimulating the economy. Under Obama, however, it won’t be oil shale or coal that gets a subsidy.

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‎"At some point we must draw a line across the ground of our home and our being, drive a spear into the land and say to the bulldozers, earthmovers, government and corporations, “thus far and no further.” If we do not, we shall later feel, instead of pride, the regret of Thoreau, that good but overly-bookish man, who wrote, near the end of his life, “If I repent of anything it is likely to be my good behaviour."

~ Edward Abbey

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