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“The science is settled”

2016/09/05

The Climate Debate is “Over”

The Climate Debate is “Over”

Ban Ki-moon, outgoing UN Secretary General, has declared that the climate debate is over.

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Repercussions and collateral damage to consider

Obama Kept His Promise, 83,000 Coal Jobs Lost And 400 Mines Shuttered

(The Daily Caller) As a result, many ex-coal miners are unemployed and Appalachian “coal country” has faced very real economic devastation as a result. The coal-producing areas of eastern Kentucky have an unemployment rate of 8 percent unemployment rates and parts of West Virginia have double-digit unemployment.

Even Obama has recognized the economic devastation, and stated that opposition to his policies by coal miners and people in Appalachia is “perfectly legitimate,” during a December interview with National Public Radio. However, the situation for coal miners would likely get worse if Obama’s Clean Power Plan is fully implemented. The EIA predicts the plan would more than double the number of coal plants shutting down over the next five years. The shutdowns have a cascading effect, causing coal production to collapse by more than 30 percent over the next decade.

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