From the same people who brought you “global warming isn’t real because God controls the climate” comes a group of elected officials in Alabama who held a press conference to say that EPA rules regulating pollution from coal plants violate God’s will because he gave coal to the state.
The EPA announced in June its intent to implement new standards meant to curb carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants. Such emissions are among the biggest contributors to global warming. According to EPA documents, the proposal would require Alabama to lower emissions from its coal-fired plants by 27 percent from 2012 levels.
A spokesman for Alabama Power Co., which has six coal-fired plants in the state, has said it’s too soon to know what action the utility would have to take to meet the new standards.
At their news conference today Cavanaugh and PSC commissioner-elect Chip Beeker invoked the name of God in stating their opposition to the EPA proposal. Beeker, a Republican who is running unopposed for a PSC seat, said coal was created in Alabama by God, and the federal government should not enact policy that runs counter to God’s plan.
“Who has the right to take what God’s given a state?” he said.
Cavanaugh called on the people of the state to ask for God’s intervention.
“I hope all the citizens of Alabama will be in prayer that the right thing will be done,” she said.
Pollution from coal plants causes serious problems, both for the environment and for public health. It’s especially bad for children who live nearby, who suffer from far higher rates of asthma and other respiratory diseases. But hey, fuck them. If they wanted to breathe, they should have stayed as fetuses and then the Christian right would still give a shit about them.