Earlier this month Georgia and 11 other states filed a lawsuit to stop President Barack Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency from enacting its so-called “clean power rule” that will put most coal-fired plants in the country out of business. Right after the filing several nationwide EPA hearings were conducted about the plan— including one in Atlanta— where there was a downtown demonstration organized by Americans for Prosperity to register opposition.

Naturally, everyone ranging from a coal miner to a coal company executive is opposed to this regulatory scheme. But it goes beyond them. Every American ought to be upset because this edict not only cripples the industry but gouges Americans with higher electricity costs and lost jobs while, according to an array of experts, does virtually nothing to affect climate change. (Coal, by the way, generates 40 percent of the nation’s electricity— more than any other energy source. Southern Company, the parent company of the Georgia Power Company, is naturally concerned how this rule could affect future Peach State electric rates, which currently are among the lowest in the nation.) 

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