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Hosts: Scott LaMar and Mary Wilson

STF: EPA impact on PA; polticians and social media; Civil War documentary on WITF

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Jun 5, 2014 2:35 PM

What to look for on Smart Talk Friday:

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Will new regulations announced this week by the Environmental Protection Agency result in cleaner air and fewer greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change?  There certainly will be some debate about that, but the more significant argument will be whether the rules designed to cut carbon emissions at power plants will cost jobs and weaken the economy. 

After the Obama Administration proposed the new rules, Gov. Tom Corbett reiterated his opposition saying power plants that burn coal could be shutdown costing jobs at the plants and in the coal industry.

What impact would the regulations have on Pennsylvania?

State Impact Pennsylvania reporter Katie Colaneri talked to several people and appears on Smart Talk Friday to explain what she found.

The EPA regulations have political ramifications across the country.  Even some Democrats in coal-producing states are upset.  The Political Junkie Ken Rudin describes that aspect.

Also on Smart Talk Friday the Capitol Week-in-Review with WITF's Mary Wilson, we'll hear from a state legislator on how politicians use social media, and the producer of a new Civil War documentary joins us too.

Learn more and watch a trailer for Civil War: The Untold Stories.

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