Gov. Corbett, Coal Interests Rally Before EPA Hearings

Written by The Associated Press | Jul 30, 2014 4:46 AM

(Pittsburgh) - Governor Tom Corbett is expected in Pittsburgh at a rally of coal industry supporters who oppose stricter environmental protection agency Regulations for coal-fired power plants.
Wednesday’s rally at a minor-league soccer stadium comes a day before the EPA holds two days of public comment hearings in the city starting Thursday. Hundreds of people are expected to testify in Pittsburgh, as well as at hearings in Atlanta, Denver and Washington on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Business and labor officials say the regulations will drive up electricity prices and cost jobs in the coal and energy industries. That resonates in Pennsylvania, the nation's fourth-largest coal-producing state.
Environmentalists say the rules will combat climate change and benefit the Economy in the long run by producing jobs relating to more renewable, efficient energy sources.

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  • mrbirkos img 2014-07-30 11:46

    Governor Corbett may not appear at the rally. He only talks to small, invitation-only groups with little to no advanced notice, and vetted journalists, due to his inability to answer persistent questions about his own record of job creation decimation, crisis in school funding, his no-plan plan for state pensions and Moody's downgrading of PA's credit rating to the lowest in the nation.

  • mrbirkos img 2014-07-30 21:16

    And another thing. There is no greater rival or threat to coal in the production of electricity than natural gas. There is no greater friend to natural gas than Governor Tom Corbett. So if the friend of your enemy is your enemy, it follows that there is no greater threat to coal than --- Governor Tom Corbett.

    Governor Corbett WILL NOT ALLOW a gas severance tax in Pennsylvania - the only gas-producing state without one. That is at least $600 million/year he is leaving in the gas company's pockets. Governor Corbett allowed fracking on state land. He allowed the gas companies to lump land owners into forced pooling. All of this s he attends lavish birthday soirees in Pittsburgh thrown in his honor - by the big gas companies.

    Y'all need to ask him about that if he shows up at this rally, but I do not think he will.

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