Destroying the air that we breathe

The Environmental Protection Agency proposals were not even released on June 2nd, when groups such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Alec, Americans for Prosperity, the Heritage Foundation and at least three others started attacking them.

In May, Miami Archbishop Thomas Wenski, Chairman of Catholic Bishop’s (USCCB) Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development wrote a letter to the EPA urging that the new carbon pollution rules on existing power plants should “protect the health and welfare of all people, especially children, the elderly, as well as poor and vulnerable communities from harmful pollution emitted from power plants and from the impacts of climate change.”

Here in our state, as well as Kentucky, Virginia, and Ohio, it is the poor who are affected the most. I think this is a pro life issue. The unborn are affected by the air their mothers breathe, the water they drink, and the soot that fills the atmosphere. Not only should the coal plants be regulated, but also the oil refineries as well as chemical plants.

Then on June 13, Gov. John Kasich signed SB310 to freeze Ohio’s renewable and energy efficient standards. That is so sad. The governor did not listen to thousands of members of different churches who urged him not to sign the bill. Ohio may lose many businesses that make or install renewable energy. Hopefully, West Virginia will continue to increase the use of wind and solar power.

The Heritage Foundation, which is a conservative think tank, funded by the Koch brothers and Exxon Mobil, is the strongest group denying climate change. As Speaker John Boehner, recently said, ” I am not a scientist.” That is true. But I am sure he is not an expert on all the other issues that Congress needs to address. He and others need to listen to the scientists.

I am not a scientist, but I remember some of my earth science class. I learned that human beings breathe in oxygen and breathe out carbon dioxide. I learned that plants, especially trees, take in our carbon dioxide and give off oxygen. They are the lungs of the earth. We are destroying our forests and burning more fossil fuels. We are destroying earth’s lungs and smoking way too much.

Much money is being spent to elect friends of coal, not friends of the people.