EPA air regs could cost region billions

2013-05-12T05:00:00Z EPA air regs could cost region billions Arizona Daily Sun
May 12, 2013 5:00 am

To the editor:

I write today to expose a serious issue detrimental to future economic prosperity in northern Arizona and to commend U.S. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick for her recent comments regarding the Navajo Generating Station (NGS) highlighted last week by the Arizona Daily Sun.

Rep. Kirkpatrick specifically recognized the 1,000 jobs that NGS and the Kayenta Mine provide here in the First District, and how there would be no replacing them if they were lost. The economic importance of NGS extends beyond jobs as well.

A recent study commissioned by Salt River Project and the Navajo Nation found NGS and Kayenta Mine can be counted on for $13 billion in economic benefit to the Navajo Nation between now and 2044. Over the same time period, the statewide economic benefit is nearly $20 billion.

This takes into account the power NGS provides to the Central Arizona Project to pump Colorado River water -- Arizona's primary source of renewable water -- to 80 percent of the state's population and the infusion of payroll into our northern Arizona economies.

... EPA's current proposal for NGS would mandate the installation of very expensive emissions controls that the federal government's own study has said will not accomplish any perceptible improvement in visibility above the Grand Canyon.

Basically, EPA's proposal would not accomplish its stated goal, but could cost Arizona thousands of jobs, billions in economic activity, and higher water and electricity rates for most families and businesses throughout our state. We are hopeful that the EPA takes all of this into consideration before moving forward with their current plan to the detriment of northern Arizona and the state as a whole.

JULIE PASTRICK

President/CEO

Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce

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  1. Que
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    Que - May 17, 2013 5:36 pm
    Can you prove, with 100% certainty, that the human race is not causing climate change? Until someone can prove to me, with 100% certainty, what is causing the change, I choose to have an open mind.
  2. NotASheep
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    NotASheep - May 15, 2013 5:32 pm
    Can you show that average temperatures are going up or down? Of course, use a thermometer. Can you test or determine that the cause of that temperature change is human beings? Absolutely not! Wake up folks, "man caused" global warming is nonsense.

  3. Que
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    Que - May 14, 2013 6:03 pm
    Can anyone prove, with 100% certainty, that climate change does or does not exist and what is or is not causing it? Unfortunately no; however, it is wiser to error on the side of that which causes the least harm. Are you willing to gamble on our air and water supplies or would you prefer to gamble on jobs? Do you really want to make that decision?
  4. Matthew Quigley
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    Matthew Quigley - May 13, 2013 12:14 pm
    I go ballistic whenever I hear environmentalist drones and politicians using climate change as another means of wealth and private property confiscation. Spending billions of dollars chasing pie in the sky global warming reduction schemes while our country is on the verge of economic collapse is absolute lunacy. Folks like Algore have gotten rich off the hoax. Americans are being swindled out of billions of dollars. What have we accomplished? How are we better off?
  5. Matthew Quigley
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    Matthew Quigley - May 13, 2013 12:05 pm
    I write today to confirm that our country experienced the coolest Spring temperatures in years. Anyone who actually believes we can legislate our way to world climate change is both extremely naïve and arrogant. America is not a planet. It's just a small part. Even if global warming were to exist, it would take a world wide effort to make any difference whatsoever. That's not going to happen. The worlds biggest polluters couldn’t care less.
    Feel free to send your money to the government.
  6. Fromthemiddle
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    Fromthemiddle - May 13, 2013 9:36 am
    You may also notice when a 1000 people and their families apply for social services and when Page, Az is no longer. Just wanted to mention other things "you might want to notice".
  7. LME58
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    LME58 - May 12, 2013 10:03 pm
    Looking past the negative health impacts on real people, such as cancer or asthma, lets talk the economics of health and greenhouse gas emissions and think longer term than immediate profit.
    What are the positive economic impacts of cleaner emissions? Fewer health costs and a reduced contribution to global warming, which is going to be expensive here in the southwest with increasing droughts. Can you tell your kids it's ok to externalize the impacts of a power plant for short-term gain? I can't
  8. DanFrazier
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    DanFrazier - May 12, 2013 9:26 am
    I write today to expose a serious issue detrimental to future economic prosperity in northern Arizona: It's called climate change. You may have noticed that we are in a prolonged drought. You may have noticed that it is warmer in the summer and the winter. You may have noticed that Snowbowl has had to start making its own snow. You may have noticed that I-40 is sometimes closed due to blowing dust. You will definitely notice when there are no more plants and no more people in northern Arizona.
  9. Matthew Quigley
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    Matthew Quigley - May 12, 2013 5:50 am
    The EPA is just one example of another Federal Government agency out of control. They're attempting to regulate an energy company out of business, with no viable energy alternative. If they are successful, our energy costs will be enormous. What purpose does it serve? A cost / benefit analysis effectively illustrates the insanity of the proposed mandate. "The biggest threat to freedom, democracy, the economy and prosperity in this country, is the arrogant and naïve ideology of environmentalism."
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