Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

Opinion

June 30, 2013

In Your View

ASHLAND — Obama’s proposal will cost jobs, raise rates

Today President Obama announced he will require the EPA to change the current laws on coal-fired electric plants that will put hundreds of thousands of workers out of their jobs, followed in turn by reduced electric supply (brown outs) and greatly increased electric bills.

During President Obama’s 2008 campaign, he promised to “bankrupt” the coal-fired electric companies. (The remainder of this letter I wrote to the editor on Nov. 23, 2009.)

What Obama's supporters are so naive about is that the U.S.A. has already done more than our fair share in reducing emissions. I remember flying along the eastern seaboard, both with Trans World Airlines and as a pilot for the Pennsylvania Air National Guard, how restricted the visibility was.

Gradually, from 1970 to about 1980. the visibility improved on the East Coast to a point it was no longer a factor in Visual Flight Rules (VFW) flying. Smog is now a rarity in Los Angeles.

 Not so in the rest of the world. When you fly over Southeastern China on a cloudless day, you cannot see the ground from 35,000 feet. In Shanghai, I can rarely see the other high-rise buildings one mile away, from my hotel window. India is no better. I have not seen VFR weather in Delhi or Mumbai. Lima, Peru, has far worse smog conditions than LA ever did. In Lima and Mumbai, you can smell the air.

Much to his chagrin, Obama cannot control the rest of the world. He just apologies for the U.S.A. being U.S.A.  There’s no carbon tax on China, India, etc, just tax the USA companies who have already outspent their overseas competitors 1,000 to 1 to improve our air. U.S. companies have no choice but to pass on this tax and only Americans will pay it, not the foreigners, as t.ey will not be buying our overpriced products due to a carbon tax.

                                                                                         William B Secrest, Retired pilot. Argentum

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