Two members of the Alabama Public Service Commission, a member-elect and an Alabama representative to the Republican National Committee said proposed EPA regulations that aim to reduce power plant carbon emissions by 30 percent represent "an assault on our way of life" and are a purposeful attempt by the Obama administration to kill coal-related jobs. . . .But didn't God also make arsenic, mercury and cadmium? Does that mean we should burn them and poison ourselves? Just because something is in the ground doesn't mean we should put it in the air.
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.
And if God made coal, didn't he also make sunshine? Why would switching from coal power to solar or natural gas be ungodly?