Energy Summit features climatologist to speak on EPA regulations, global warming and their effects on the coal industry

By: Paige Quiggins Email
By: Paige Quiggins Email

A climatologist and well-known global warming skeptic addressed a packed house tonight at an energy summit in Pikeville.

Dr. Patrick J. Michaels, Senior Fellow in Environmental Studies at the CATO Institute, and Senior Research Fellow for Policy and Economic Development at George Mason University delivered an address entitled, "EPA's Science: Truth or Consequences".

Michaels' address, according to him will discredit part of the rationale behind some of the Environmental Protection Agency’s regulations. He discussed topics from the E.P.A. to global warming and how they all effect the coal industry.

“Frankly I will tell you that the basis for their regulation, something called an endangerment finding, is missing an awful lot of pertinent global warming science,” said Michaels.

“The endangerment finding is based upon what they view global warming science to be and if in fact science that they have cited is incomplete, and I believe that it is and I believe I can demonstrate that here in Pikeville, than the endangerment finding can be challenged and that means that the regulations on green house gases and coal is a big producer of greenhouse gases could be challenged in court,” Michaels added.

Brad Hall of the Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce said it is being called “strangulation by regulation” and attributed the term to Congressman Hal Rogers.

Hall said the commerce wants to educate the public.
“We want to show what we can do as individuals to help slow down this regulation that is hindering our businesses and it is, the permitting process has stopped for mining and we have so many industries that are being affected by these regulations and that stops the creation of jobs,” said Hall.

Michaels up a question and answer session and had a book signing afterwards for his book “Climate Coup: Global Warming's Invasion of Our Government and Our Lives” which he touched on a lot during his speech.

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