BLOG: Where fossil fuels are rock stars

2014-06-16T15:30:00Z 2014-06-16T15:36:10Z BLOG: Where fossil fuels are rock starsDoug Ross doug.ross@nwi.com, (219) 548-4360 or (219) 933-3357 nwitimes.com

Fossil fuels are the rock stars of Alaska, Indiana, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Texas and Wyoming, at least as far as their governors are concerned.

The governors of those nine states sent a letter today to President Barack Obama asking for relief from EPA rules on greenhouse gas emissions.

The governors' letter says they lead "states that both produce and consume energy," something that applies to many other states as well. So what else do these nine states have in common? Republican governors.

That comes through in the wording of the letter: "Perhaps most disturbing is the fact that your administration is content to force Americans to bear those substantial costs where there are highly questionable associated environmental benefits."

No acknowledgement of climate change. No whiff of air pollution boosting lung ailments. No admission that these fossil fuels, while keeping costs low, dilute water quality.

Just a strong defense of coal and other fossil fuels after a first paragraph that pleads for "a pragmatic energy policy that balances our nation's economic needs energy security and environmental quality objectives."

Do you wonder, like me, which of these governors might be running for president in 2016?

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