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Smart Talk: Pollution control regs being debated

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Jul 30, 2014 1:42 PM

What to look for on Smart Talk Thursday, July 31, 2014:

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Two full days of hearings on President Obama’s plans to limit greenhouse gas emissions from coal-burning power plants are being held starting Thursday in Pittsburgh. 

An Environmental Protection Agency proposal suggest that Pennsylvania cut emissions by a third by the year 2030. 

Power companies could meet the goals from improving energy efficiency to encouraging lower-carbon sources of power, including renewable energies.

Gov. Tom Corbett and groups representing the coal industry oppose the proposals saying it will cost jobs, raise electricity prices, and may not meet the demand for energy in Pennsylvania.

Thursday’s Smart Talk will focus on the pollution regulations.

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Christina Simeone, director of the PennFuture Energy and Rev. Mitch Hescox, president of the Evangelical Environmental Network

Appearing on the program is Christina Simeone, director of the PennFuture Energy Center for Enterprise and the Environment and Rev. Mitch Hescox, President and CEO of the Evangelical Environmental Network.

John Pippy, CEO of the Pennsylvania Coal Alliance will also join us.

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  • Radio Smart Talk img 2014-07-31 08:12

    Laura from Lewisburg emails:

    The Small Business Assoc has made it well known that the new coke plants refining coal in Pittsburgh, PA region are almost exclusively for export to China. Why should we continue to support coal production when we are not even using it here, just making a mess mining and refining it. We pay all heavy health and environmental costs that might be "calculated" from these new export markets.

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2014-07-31 08:44

    Nicole emails:

    Pittsburgh is a perfect location for today's meeting, the adopted home of Andrew Carnegie who of course was a famous industrialist. When Carnegie had made enough money, he moved to what was then considered a ritzy area of Pittsburgh; he didn't stay long because the soot and smog of the factories led to difficulty in breathing and quality of life. We are very fortunate for the regulations we have in place today. With climate change impacting our society now and having lasting impacts on the lives of our children and grand children, we need more regulation. The coal industry is simply concerned about their bottom line.

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2014-07-31 08:56

    Lee from York writes:


    Your speaker does have a point in that the same people who want to shut down dirty coal are also trying to block new natural gas lines into NY City and New England. They apparently are just dying have the opportunity to freeze in the dark.

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2014-07-31 08:58

    Blaine from York emails:

    If we do nothing we die, if we demand scrubbers, yes our costs will go up but we will live.

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2014-07-31 08:58

    Natalia from Cumberland County writes:

    A hydroprecipitator was invented in 1948. It took smoke out of the air. I saw it work. Unfortunately, the inventor was sued by companies who didn't want to use the device. Had the invention been adopted we wouldn't be having this discussion today.