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Posted: Thursday, September 27, 2012 6:46 am | Updated: 12:34 pm, Thu Apr 17, 2014.

It’s an outrage that the federal government’s Environmental Protection Agency is effectively killing jobs and tax revenues here in Montana and across the country.

PPL Montana announced last week that it will mothball its coal-fired Corette power plant in Billings in 2015 because it will not be cost effective to meet new EPA emission control regulations that would require a $38 million investment at the plant. As a result, 35 full-time employees stand to lose their jobs, and there will surely be an adverse ripple effect on the economy.

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          Welcome to the discussion.

          9 comments:

          • Common sense 47 posted at 11:50 am on Mon, Oct 29, 2012.

            Common sense 47 Posts: 4

            At my first reading of initiative #166 I thought this is great! Stop the influx of money into Montana politics! But after Thinking about it I wondered about the Environmental groups that will be able to flood money into our elections and create an unfair playing field! The only initiative I could support would be one that limits all contributions! I wonder if the public has realized what they are really voting for.
            NowThe environmentalist have already destroyed our forrest industry and cost thousands of jobs in Montana. Now they are waging a war on coal. This is the position of the democrats.
            Clintons roadless act shut down our logging and kicked the public off of public lands.
            bama wants to stop coal? Where will it end!!!
            Why don't we take the 90 B he wasted on the so called green companys that went bankrupt and wasted all that money and give it to the powerplants so that they can retrofit to meet the EPA standards and save all these jobs?

             
          • Common sense 47 posted at 11:41 am on Mon, Oct 29, 2012.

            Common sense 47 Posts: 4

            At my first reading of initiative #166 I thought this is great! Stop the influx of money into Montana politics! But after Thinking about it I wondered about the Environmental groups that will be able to flood money into our elections and create an unfair playing field! The only initiative I could support would be one that limits all contributions! I wonder if the public has realized what they are really voting for.
            The environmentalist have already destroyed our forrest industry and cost thousands of jobs in Montana. Now they are waging a war on coal. This is the position of the democrats.
            Clintons roadless act shut down our logging and kicked the public off of public lands.
            Obama wants to stop coal? Where will it end!!!

             
          • mooseberryinn posted at 11:51 am on Sat, Sep 29, 2012.

            mooseberryinn Posts: 2686

            hey gsx - ya stockin' up on candles for light and heat? I'll bet you probably worship Comrade Obama too. Good luck with that hope and change stuff. LOL

             
          • gsxranger posted at 7:53 am on Sat, Sep 29, 2012.

            gsxranger Posts: 2

            Don't waste your time on mooseberryin rebelrouser. The reason he doesn't get it is because he is not very bright. He can't mount a rational or factual argument, so he resorts to name calling and conspiracy theories, his soft wits and easy target for hate media and industrialists who want to propogate both. He is angry that he can't pour his motor oil out in his backyard anymore, or sand the lead paint off the walls of his kids rooms while they roll their tootsie pops in it to change their color. He smokes cigarrettes, but doesn't believe the scientiists that show him it will cause cancer. He somehow confuses these acts with acts of "Freedom" and "Liberty". It is fortunate for him that he has a nanny state of more intelligent people to look after him. Poor sod.

             
          • mooseberryinn posted at 2:20 pm on Thu, Sep 27, 2012.

            mooseberryinn Posts: 2686

            hey, ya know, on second thought, think of the entertainment value here. We could put a big, bright, shiny photo-voltaic panel farm say, just west of town, and a big bunch of wind turbines with those great big whirling blades right next to the panels and watch as the Canadian geese come flying over and get blinded by the glare from the panels and fly right into the whirling blades! Oh man! feathers, blood and guts being thrown into the winds! the carnage! the gore! death and destruction! ooh, the smell! eewe. all of this raining down upon the evil Walmart, Home Depot, Target corporations who abuse employees, shoppers, tax payers....did I leave anyone out? Hey, y'all have a swell bubble-brained demobama day.

             
          • mooseberryinn posted at 1:15 pm on Thu, Sep 27, 2012.

            mooseberryinn Posts: 2686

            So rebel, would you prefer no power? no heat? You want the EPA pronouncing edicts, regulations and/or "laws" unseen and not voted upon by congress? "Rules" created at the whim of Comrade King obama? Have a wood stove? That's next to be outlawed. I'm all for "green" energy. Solar/Wind - sure thing. Do we have enough in place? I don't think so. Why then would we kill off the power sources we have if we're not ready? Why would we want to give "all power" to the mighty EPA? Why can't we decide what we want locally? In Montana.

             
          • Rebel Rouser posted at 11:42 am on Thu, Sep 27, 2012.

            Rebel Rouser Posts: 1563

            Here's a thought for you mooseberrypoop, how much mercury does it take to kill a mooseberryman?

            Read this: Mercury emission from coal burning are concentrated as they work their way up the food chain and are converted into methylmercury, a toxic compound which harms both wildlife and people who consume freshwater fish. Coal burning is a key source of methylmercury in the environment. "Power plants... are responsible for half of... the mercury emissions in the United States."

            In New York State winds bring mercury from the coal-fired power plants of the Midwest, contaminating the waters of the Catskill Mountains. The mercury is consumed by worms, which are eaten by fish, which are eaten by birds (including bald eagles). As of 2008, mercury levels in bald eagles in the Catskills had reached new heights. "People are exposed to methylmercury almost entirely by eating contaminated fish and wildlife that are at the top of aquatic food chains." Ocean fish account for the majority of human exposure to methylmercury; the full range of sources of methylmercury in ocean fish are not well understood.

            If you are still interested in burning coal for energy, I would suggest you move to this quaint little town (Centralia, Pennsylvania) where property values are still somewhat lower than other choice areas in the state.

             
          • mooseberryinn posted at 7:26 am on Thu, Sep 27, 2012.

            mooseberryinn Posts: 2686

            This is ordered by King Obama to promote his green energy plans. The rules issued by the EPA are done so with no congressional oversight, and apparently no attention from Max or Tester. Rehberg has already complained about the "imperial" EPA, and Comrade/King Obama's heavy hand of dictatorship. As for us? too bad, so sad, we get to pay more. Ain't this "hope and change" crap wonderful?

             
          • gsxranger posted at 7:17 am on Thu, Sep 27, 2012.

            gsxranger Posts: 2

            Just think one step further. 1. Coal causes climate change. 2. Climate change causes beetle kill and wreaks havoc on crops. 3. Montana tax payers on the hook for wilfires, farm subsidies and bailouts. The cost of using the coal and it's clean up far outweighs any short term economic benefits, and the wealthy utility owners will be long gone when those costs come around - "affecting poorest the most". Let's just be a little smarter and work towards clean energy solutions. There are plenty of jobs there.