Environment Religion

Pray the Regulation Away

Sepeaking of Big Coal, this is bewildering.

Regulators from the Alabama Public Service Commission have asked residents of Alabama to pray that the Environment Protection Agency will change it’s mind on regulating carbon emissions.

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. [...]

I hope all the citizens of Alabama will be in prayer that the right thing will be done,” she said.

The Public Service Commission’s job is regulate the rates utilities can charge their customers and what amount of profit they are allowed to earn from it.

Rather than assure the citizens of Alabama that they will not allow utilities to charge them extra without evidence that it’s really necessary, and even though the Alabama Power Co. apparently has not said what impact the new regulations could have on prices, they’re asking for prayer to stop the EPA.

A prayer to continue polluting the air with reckless abandon. Because Jesus.

I give up.